Whilst out shopping a couple of weeks ago I happened to walk into my local Waterstones and the author Rudolf Bader was book signing. We struck up a conversation I mentioned that I reviewed books, so he kindly gave me a copy to review for Arrse.
The book starts with Ivan, a middle aged man who has a good job and has no life or money worries but could be accused of being a little self obsessed. He is driving down a road on his way to a meeting when he crashes his car. The story then goes on to follow other characters who’s lives all intertwine with certain events that affect most if not all of the characters over a time frame that extends from the 1950’s to today.
When I first started reading this book, I enjoyed the writing style but was aware of a few wording errors. This didn’t really detract from the book, as after the first section they either ceased or I wasn’t aware of them any more. Also at one point the author writes about stepping on the ‘gas’, but seeing as it was 1950’s Britain, I suspect ‘accelerator’ would of been the word used.
By the time I was half way through the book, it felt like the author was trying to teach me what perspective was and I felt I was reading a thesis that had been turned into a novel.
The book was enjoyable to read with a nice and easy writing style. All the characters were well researched and thought out to the point of them seeming like real people. However the plot was very basic. I found that I had already worked out the plot long before the book told me.
This would be a good book for a holiday or travelling on a long journey.
Although the book was very pleasant to read, it wasn’t as good as I was expecting it to be. I award this book 3.5/5.
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