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Raphael, British School of Gran Canaria

The Stars at Oktober Bend

Alice Nightingale writes about how it is to have perfect thoughts that come out in slow motion, due to her accident. She imagines herself stepping into clear midair with wings made of words and feathers.
Manny runs at night, trying to escape memories of his past. He sees Alice on the roof of her riverside house, looking like a figurehead on a ship sailing through the stars. He has a poem in his pocket and he knows the words by heart. He is sure the girl has written them. When she sees the running boy, she is anchored to the earth by her desire to see him again.
The first thing that struck me when reading this book was that when Alice is narrating the story, there are no capital letters. Also, many of the sentences she writes are short, interrupted by full stops in places you might not necessarily expect them. This is really effective in making you hear Alice's voice rather than just read what she is thinking. The disruption of conventional grammar reflects the disruption of Alice's "faulty electrics" on her speech.
I didn't really like how the book was written and I didn't understand the plot. The story made me very confused, but that's not all. The way that Alice is presented means that you don't understand her characteristics and why she writes like that until after reading more than half of the book.

Posted on: 18th May 2017 at 12:46 pm

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