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Dana, Fully Booked

The Stars at Oktober Bend

I found this book very hard to follow at first. The way the author changed the grammar and punctuation to try to reflect Alice's brain injury and explain her complex circumstances made the book very hard to understand. I'm not sure that the lack of capital letters, short sentences and single (full stop) punctuation did the reader or Alice any favours. I also noticed that as the book went on that the sentences became longer and more complex although the lack of capital letters and simple punctuation continued.
It took so long for the reader to understand Alice and her situation, that all the plot was crammed into the last few chapters. I also was left feeling that I wanted to know more about Manny, Sierra Leone and his background. The writing of his parts seemed as sparse as Alice's, but his character development did not reflect the damage done to his 'brain' by his experiences.
However, this was a book where you could see, hear and feel the Australian landscape and forces of nature, understand and sympathise with the characters and understand the themes of forgiveness and redemption.

Posted on: 8th June 2017 at 12:02 pm

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