This reader enlivens a typical mystery story (everything fans of the genre will love) by deftly giving voice to the author's cast. The characters themselves are written with enough vividness to make this possible, but I doubt I could have stomached the predictable plot without the reader's wonderful talents.
Here is what one cannot help but feel is an earnest book written by someone moved to write for the best of reasons. It is a rhetorical masterpiece delivered by a smooth, distinguished, and caring voice whose sincerity seems beyond question. There is thankfully very little time devoted to the author's own tribulations (only a chapter or so), while many of the stories are touching descriptions of HIV sufferer's whose plight has affected the, author and coloured the passages in this book. The author does not restrict himself to pathos in order to make his arguments, but has sound, logical justifications for ending the disease, which, as far as I know being a lay-person, are economically as well as ethically sound. Too many writers for a cause ignore the realities of the market-driven world we live in, and even if I agree with their sentiments, I cannot help but find their credibility diminished because of their naiveté. This need not be your concern if you read this book. The sentiment delivered in the book's title is the guiding force, but so is the grown-up sense of reality. This is a marvellous book that deserves everybody's attention.
Here is an intricate, suspenseful story, written with the grace of an author who appreciates the words as well as the plot. Anton Lesser is one of the best narrators out there and his character voices make the dialogue sizzle and pop. Nor does the age of the main character prevent the story from treading some disturbing ground. This is not a happily-ever-after ferry tale, thank goodness. Some of the characters are more like caricatures, but given the Dickensian setting, such quibbles are instead expected tropes that add to the reading pleasure. Do yourself a favour and listen to this book.
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