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Enjoyed the steady stream of sardonic chuckles
on October 11, 2016
I enjoyed the book ... almost every page had some sardonic comment that was worth a chuckle.
In different sections you follow a different elderly character from a revolving cast of long-time friends. Many of the scenes are written very well, capturing the tiny implications, inferences and innuendo that lie beneath the surface of even the most casual conversation.
One problem I had was trying to keep track of the secondary characters, in the end I gave up trying and enjoyed the cynical sarcasm, regardless of what character was supposedly mouthing it.
But if you're looking for highly developed characters - or any character development at all - this isn't the book. The men, with one exception, are very similar. Actually, there is one character who surprisingly becomes somewhat sympathetic towards the end of the book, but I think I should pause now and erect the ...
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There! Now that we're past that I can talk more freely. At the end it would have been interesting to see how Peter and Rhiannon got on, reunited as lovers (or not?) after all these years. Instead we only hear about it from the outside. Then again, anything more revealing may have been too big a departure from how the rest of the story has been presented. And was Alun's sudden death just a way to get Peter and Rhiannon together again? One senses the meddling of the authorial hand becoming a bit too obvious.