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Book review: Apples 
30th-Jul-2010 01:01 pm
I should probably call this a "not-review" as this book actually put me in a bad mood, to the extent that I probably can't give a fair critique of it. Richard Milward's Apples follows two teenagers in Middlesbrough, Adam, who has OCD, few friends, and is physically abused by his dad; and the distant object of his affection, Eve, who has a lot of friends but is constantly to be found drunk, on pills and/or sleeping around and whose mother is dying of lung cancer. It's described as tragicomic and while there's a few funny moments and Milward has a nice turn of phrase, I found it pretty unremittingly bleak. Even moments of whimsy, like a passage narrated by a butterfly, have a miserable edge (the butterfly gets eaten and ends its narration in screaming agony.) Overall it left me miserable every time I picked it up, so I don't feel I can give a fair account of the story or writing style.

Still, on the plus side: My own teenage years were very lonely, most of my time outside school being spent on my own with my nose in a book, and meant by the time I got to University I had no social skills whatsoever; but compared to the lives in this book they seemed halcyon in retrospect.
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2nd-Aug-2010 12:09 pm (UTC)
See, you read my posts in the reverse order, if you'd read them in the right order you'd have ended up with me cheered up by Sherlock Holmes. I'm replying in order so it should make up for that!
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