An excellent work from a writer with an original voice. I notice there have been a great many complaints about the "swearing and cursing", b..Show More »ut the whole point of Peace's gritty realism is surely (as the author has said himself) that violence and death and the circumstances surrounding them should not be sanitized. They are awful things.
As to the grimness, well, this is what life was like in the North of England in 1974. I remember. And when working class people have their backs against the wall there are even more expletives than usual... plus the Brits swear *a lot* in the natural course of things.
Myself, I can't wait for the rest of the series - and Audible... where have Mr Peace's books disappeared to? A lot of us want more... not to have the Quartet shelved (to my dismay I can't even find the first two books - which I've bought - in Audible's listings any more) presumably because a few people say they are "personally offended" by all the swearing, and asking (rather cheekily) if the characters are speaking English?! Rather juvenile criticisms, to say the least.
What happened to free speech? And besides, the rest of the world deals very cheerfully with American accents from all the states in the US - indeed the accents usually enrich the work. I think in fairness that the same courtesy should be extended to the British Isles.
My question now, Audible, is where is the rest of the Red Riding Quartet? Bring it on! Please... It's first class stuff, and some of us are hooked on it.
The Red Riding Quartet is shocking, especially for those of us who really enjoy Masterpiece Mystery. The language is obscene, the situations are brut..Show More »al, and the characters are vile. There are no heroes here; every character is deeply flawed. But his style is that of Literature with a capital L. Some of the passages read like free verse poetry. Symbollic imagery threads throughout the books. In "1980" there are many passages of stream of consciousness -- think Joyce's Ulysses. The quartet is a single story that unfolds over 10 years. Each book is very different: told from different characters' points of view. Each book has it's own style. We Agatha Christie fans need to be patient with these books because underneath all of the Evil, there is a very clear and certain Morality. A Morality that has been violated, but it is there in every book.
Truly, these books are not for everyone. They are absolutely horrifying, the stuff of nightmares, but they are also very beautifully thought out and executed.
It is beautifully written and expertly narrated, and still I felt a few times like it was just too bleak to keep going with. I am glad I did, and I d..Show More »o plan on listening to the fourth book (when it comes out!), but it is still something that I have a hard time recommending...It is perhaps not what everyone expects it to be...it is really more of a glimpse of a time and place than it is a thriller or mystery.
I definitely felt like I was right there in the middle of it all, even when I didn't really want to. The author is masterful in creating a feeling for Yorkshire and the moral and physical decay of that world in 1980. It can be pretty painful to listen to, but it is enthralling none the less. Definitely not for the squeamish.
I got through all four of books within 2 weeks. (Which is saying a lot for a working mother!) After having the first 3 under my belt I could not wait ..Show More »to see how everything wove together. I loved how David Peace went back and forth between the time periods (especially back to "1974") and I was able to piece more layers into those previous stories and characters. You really realize at the end just how many different characters and years this story spanned, which was really unique to my literary experience. It is not a pretty story, but the characters will stay with me for a long time and I am sure I will revisit Yorkshire in the years from 1974-1983 in my mind many times from now on.