This book is immediately engaging and gives an intimate view of a troubled and brilliant outspoken man. Real name dropping abounds, but not in a "I knew this person, you didn't" kind of way. The people who visited their house were the who's who of this generation of writers. Tom Stoppard, Norman Mailer, Peter Mathieson, among others.
This is a story told from the point of view of a young girl and daughter, who was at times terrified, and enthralled with her father. It was an intimate portrait of a family dealing with mental illness, but also, one of a family struggling to hold together, to understand a man who was hard to live with.
Her terms of endearment, only a daughter could write like this. I could feel her fear, pride, horror and amazement with her Dad, the man, the writer, father and husband to her mother. She had good pace, and was able to use voices to make the telling more interesting. I really enjoyed her voice and the openness of the writing, it felt as though you were going through it with her, walking along beside.
Absolutely mind blowing
This is a long book! It was an awesome story, that took me places I didn't think it would go. The narration was incredible. I think Scott Brick is now one of my favourite narrators. This is more than an apocalyptic, horror novel. It is very well narrated and written. The subtleties of narration and character were great. I don't think I could ever read this book, as I constantly hear the characters through the narrators voice.
Wallgast is by far my favourite character in this book, of many characters. His sense of duty and love shine through in this novel. All the characters came alive for me, but he was there even she he wasn't actually in the story, for me. Threading his way through the narrative, and shaping the story in general and Amy in particular. He is wonderfully wrought by both Cronin and Brick.
The moment that most affected me was the moment when Wallgast takes Amy to the fair, buys her cotton candy and they ride on the ferris wheel. To understand the tenderness of this moment is to know the history of these two characters in this book so far.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. It has to be one of the absolute best I have gotten off of Audible since I have been a member. Buy it! I'm now in the midst of the sequel - The Twelve. Thanks Audible, Mr. Cronin and Mr. Brick, for a truly amazing listening experience.
I bought this for my 11 year old daughter, and she loved it. It was good fun for her, she laughed at it as well. She would recommend this book to other 9 - 11 year old girls .
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