Friday, 19 September 2014
One thing after another - Broken Places by Wendy Perriam
So, Eric. An idealogical Librarian. Some things happen - he goes on a date, he sets up a prison book club, he expects his daughter to visit from the US.
Some other things happen - he eats soup, he rides a bike, he recounts his childhood.
Then some other things happen.
Then some other things than that happen.
Although well written if rather old fashioned in Eric's language - jarring because of his age - it never manages to recover from its own lack of direction. The final chapters in particular are poor, the dialogue stilted - it could have worked beautifully as a punchline, but it's played straight and is, for my taste, unbearably naff.
1.5 stars because it's well written and some of the chapters are good.