Date finished: Monday 20th February 2017
First time reading?: Yes
From Goodreads: “Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life.
Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.”
This book has been sat on my kindle for …. well … pretty much since I got my kindle. I’m pretty sure it was one of the first books I bought for it actually. The reason I got around to reading it finally (it’s only a short book I just kept putting it off) was because I actually saw a trailer for a movie based upon in, starring Jim Broadbent if I’m not mistaken.
I found it difficult to get into; the introduction to Tony’s friends was based solely on our narrator’s memories of how things happened, and I found the narrative a little awkward to allow me to dive straight into the book and get my teeth into it. Once I was into it though, it ended up being a very interesting little novel.
The book ended up being very well written once I’d gotten into it; the distinctive voice of Tony never once making you forget he was in fact a fictional character. I wonder if my difficulty to get into the book was down to the fact that the last book I’d read was a completely different genre, and not really the sort of thing my brain wanted to read at that moment in time.
Events unfold gradually, and the ending is a bit of a twist ending that really does leave you thinking afterwards. I think there could be many ways of interpreting this book, and while not a groundbreaking novel for me I can certainly understand why it has a reasonably high rating on Goodreads.
As I mentioned previously, it is only a short novel, and took me just three evenings to read it (I work late shifts so I don’t actually get much time at home after work). There is a lot packed into it’s short volume, and I was surprised to find myself so quickly attached to Tony as a character, despite the fact that he’s not all the likeable to be completely honest.
I can’t believe it took me so long to get around to this little novel; when I purchased it I’m sure it was fairly new out. It was entertaining enough for a short read, although honestly I doubt I’ll read it again. Not because it wasn’t good but more because it didn’t feel like the kind of book I personally would want to read for a second time. I have no idea how they’re going to interpret it into a movie, but I’ll probably check it out when it hits the big screen.
My rating: 6/10