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The Island at the End of the World: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, August 25, 2009
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-The Observer (London)
"This is a stew of imagery and emotion, not a million miles away from the bleak richness of Cormac McCarthy. . . . Something powerful lurks at the heart of The Island at the End of the World."
-The Guardian (London)
Top Customer Reviews
The novel features several voices that overlap in time, making for an interesting collage of narratives. One is the voices belongs to Finn, the animal-loving, pure of heart son. His curious mind is a beam of creativity in the midst of total isolation. The other voice is that of Pa, the religious fanatic, Old Testament loving, paranoid control freak. Many times the reader gets to see one event from Finn's point of view, then have that event enlightened with Pa's point of view. In the second half, Finn's narration is swapped for Alice's, the teenage daughter, adding further complexity and richness to the story.
The father writes beautifully and reflectively in a unique voice. He used to be a young hot shot in New York trying to "burn a new future for myself in the wonderful world of money." He has become religious after the world ended and starts to write in a kind of Old Testament prose, though, honestly, it is prettier than the Old Testament itself: "the sun became black and the moon became as blood, and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places."
Pa tries to convince himself that his faith is based on what he has seen: the end of the world.Read more ›