Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Cleave, Chris “The Other Hand”

Cleave, Chris “The Other Hand” (US: “Little Bee”) - 2008

This is the description you find on the cover: “We don't want to tell you too much about this book. It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it. Nevertheless, you need to know something, so we will just say this:
It is extremely funny, but the African beach scene is horrific.

The story starts there, but the book doesn't.
And it's what happens afterwards that is most important.
Once you have read it, you'll want to tell everyone about it. When you do, please don't tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds.” Almost as informative as the reviews by famous newspapers telling you how great the book is but absolutely nothing about it.

Well, I couldn't find more magic in this book as it was unfolding as in other books. On the contrary, with an introduction like this, you almost feel cheated when you notice it's a just a good read. It's interesting but that's all.

And why this novel has to have two different English titles is beyond me (I do prefer the original UK one.)

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