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Review from "My Love Affair With Books"
on April 13, 2011
What a dark book this is! I had guessed that from the synopsis itself. Yet, Evey Shallow Cut still took me by surprise.
Every Shallow Cut revolves around a man who has failed everything in his life. His books aren't making any money, his wife has left him for another man and no one seems to need him. His dog, Churchill, seems to be the only one who wants to be with him. He has lost everything that's there to lose. As the narrator approaches complete breakdown, he undertakes a journey, with just a gun and his dog to accompany him.
Every Shallow Cut is an intense, disturbing read. I could feel the narrator's disappointment and anger almost pouring off the pages of the book. This book created such an impact that at one point, my mood almost seemed to mirror that of the narrator's (which is creepy!).
The book captures the dread of losing everything one has worked for, so well. With every page, the suspense and tension keeps on building. You get the feeling that something's about to happen - something terrible. I kept on anticipating what crazy thing the completely damaged protagonist - who made me feel sorry for him on one hand and scared me on the other - was going to do next.
The protagonist is very easy to sympathize with. I could not like him, but I did feel sorry for him. How could I not feel sorry?! His despair seemed to grow with every page! There's something very scary about the book; I think many of us (including me) fear failure more than anything else. The narrator's trauma reflects the reality of so many.
My major issue with the book was that it got really confusing at times. I couldn't follow or keep up with the narrator's thought processes, which sometimes seemed very disjointed. Maybe it was deliberately done to create an even deeper impact, but truthfully it was a headache to try and understand what was going on at times.
Every Shallow Cut is a very realistic and relevant, especially in todays' times. There are many people who struggle with failures and undergo the same kind of misery. Every Shallow Cut is a very real and hard-hitting account of our deepest and darkest fears.
Unputdownable and hard-hitting
Yes, if you are in the mood for a dark read