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on March 17, 2012
A couple of times while reading this amazingly neglected novel, I wanted to put it down because of the unlikable protagonist. Others have called him self-pitying, but to this reader his attitude seems closer to self-hatred. If he had really taken pity on himself, he might have acted much sooner to improve his lot. However that may be, I stuck it out to the end (and really it wasn't a great effort; the writing makes the reading a pleasure, no matter how unpleasant the subject). Do, by all means, finish the book, and you'll find out, among other things, what can happen when a "wrong" decision turns out to be exactly what makes everyone happiest.
As one of the cover blurbs points out, it's a book about moral decisions; I would add that it's a book about moral complexity. And this aspect of the novel makes everything about the protagonist's earlier development important and meaningful after all. Capturing human change is a remarkable achievement for any writer, and if he or she succeeds, the reader will also feel transformed. I believe that, on this score, Belchamber succeeds magnificently. I was quite moved.