©2008 Damon Galgut.; (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"Fast-paced and breathless... Galgut has a knack for the image that cuts to the quick of a character... his plots seem propelled by a logic of their own." (Observer)
The book could have been an enjoyable listen (although some plot elements are downright beyond belief) but the narration reduces it to farcical levels. The narrator adopts a psuedo South African accent and strange voice intonations for all the characters, which makes them not only comical (at best) but wholly unbelievable and simple minded (at worse). It is off-putting and unnecessary - South Africans do not speak like that. I perservered only because I thought the author could not be blamed for the clownish performance, but my advice is: DON'T BUY THIS BOOK.
"First class story and narration"
I found The Imposter gripping from the first second to the last. Well structured and a purpose for every minute detail. Damon Galgut paints a sinister, dark post-apartheid South Africa where all the main characters are victims in some way; the effects of the old system can still have a devastating effect, most especially on those who the change was meant to help. It is refreshing to hear a South African read a South African book and do the accents correctly. Humphrey Bower’s narration is first class.
"Brilliantly done on all three accounts"
Humphrey Bower read the storey in such a way that at times I felt as though i was watching it on the television. It felt real
How the reader was able to speak with different tones - i can actually imagine the characters to sound as he imagined them
Probably all but mostly Nappy (aka Adam), Blorm (the old man, next door) and at times Kevin (Canning)
I am an absolute fan of Humphrey Bower. I think he may have single-handedly changed my views on the South African accent. I have also become a Fan of the writer, Damon.I have added him to my favourite authors The storey flows with ease short but enough to tell the story. I will be buying another of his books.
"A point missed?"
I wonder if I just missed the point with this book - where was it going? Was it too subtle for my little mind perhaps? Or just actually not going anywhere...?
Well narrated though...
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