January 17, 2005

A Book Review

I spent most of yesterday evening reading Apathy And the Dodo by Simon Maslin.
I had also spent a good portion of the day before with my nose glued to the computer screen, thinking "just one more page!". So I thought it would be a good choice for my first book review, especially as I know the author, and so feel more inclined to push his work...

The book centres around Martin Dean, a guy in his late twenties, with a job in London that he hates. He is telling his story, but also the story of the town he grew up in, Cocksham, and the people who live there. They are a colourful bunch, particularly the ones who live on the Hills Road Estate, and a large part of the book regales their adventures and mishaps in their small town lives.

Dodo is written in quite an unusual style, and one I found refreshing. It is not a straight forward plot line, but an intermingling of anecdotes used to tell a story. There is a lot of introspection by the main character, and a lot of discussion of his opinions which wouldn't normally come into play in a book which is in essence a love story.

It's not easy to read, and if you're looking for something to take to the beach, then this is not for you. If, on the other hand, you looking for something that will make you think, surprise you at every turn, and still keep you glued to the page right to the end, then you might like to give it a try.


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