The Clamour King
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The Clamour King

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  3 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Written in a style that offers hints at mysteries yet to come.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Snowbooks
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I polished this off in 4 days, it was really easy and a pleasure to read. However, I was left somewhat unsatisfied by the overall effect. I found it easy to identify with the all-boys school setting and some of the struggles characters faced, and the story of 13 year old Chapman and the effect his astonishing beauty has on those around him is carefully handled. But it's too careful - the only character who actually seems to be gay for Chapman and admits it ends up dead, all the others - the pref...more
The Clamour King

Do yourself a favour: put aside the gothic fantasies, thrillers and potboilers long enough to read this book. It’s one of the most compelling and well-written novels I’ve read in a long, long while.

Set in a boys’ boarding school on the south coast of England in the mid 1960s, The Clamour King is difficult to categorise without giving a false impression of its totality. Despite the school setting it’s very far from being a typical school story; in one sense the boarding school se...more
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