Along with the strange flotsam of the sea, the aptly named John Love drifts in on the grey tide to grace a remote island off the English coast. The stranger, both bedazzling and unnerving, effects an immediate messianic glow upon the bladder-wracked community of odds and sods, making disciples of the most unlikely characters. Chris Hill's visionary and delightfully bizarre novel reads like the gospel for a neophyte religion spawning in the sea foam among strange goings-on. It examines how destiny is the result of the collective will, especially among tribal folk who forever yearn to conform to ancient cants and creeds. Song of the Sea God comes from both the ancient incantations of history and mythology and the awkward cadences of the modern age. The plot is riddled with humour and pathos, which will delight fans of the contemporary British literary novel. With rich symbolism and delicious twists of irony, Hill takes the reader on a microcosmic wild ride in a story told by a mute that starts in a pub called The Vengeance. Along the way the reader is treated to a feast of psychotic musings that somehow manages to include miracles, Tip Rats, plastic ducks, the life of pebbles, and a Diary of Stools.
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Just finished song of the sea god .... Cracking read ... a seamless drop back and forth in styles with rye and respectful nods to influence ....try and imagine the diversity of obscure American folk groups, Anthony Shaffer or the manic street preachers!! Modern twists of comedy drenched in a beautifully classic style of presentation, a bit of an Irvine Welch meets George Eliot. Most chapters are entertaining and even laugh out loud, but then slide swiftly into the unanticipated and macabre. A steady read for the book shy like me, but there’s plenty in there for the well read too. A subtle approach to the convoluted plot idea, much more like a Shakespearian aside than a chubby girl on Pontins factor trying to mimic Beyonce. This would make a great movie incidentally in this modern era of the dark comic twist.
With a voice that is as raw, unpredictable, and beautiful as the sea, Chris Hill delivers a hauntingly singular, rich debut novel in Song of the Sea God. John Love, a wondrously huge and intriguing character tinged with magical realism, serenades a hermetic island with the sweetly disturbing question, "How are you in yourself?" The reader, along with the islanders, much each face this question as Hill leads us through fascinating plot developments and utterly unforeseeable climaxing events, owning our literary souls with surprisingly virginal and poignant prose. This novel is a lullaby of artistic vision and an absolute treasure. I know you will enjoy it as much as I have. Yours in literature, J.G.C.