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The Fat Man
by Maurice Gee
Herbert Muskie is The Fat Man. When he catches skinny, hungry Colin Potter stealing a chocolate bar, he forces Colin to become his partner in crime. This begins an ever-escalating cycle of dominance fueled by Muskie's hatred of the people of Loomis--a grudge Colin doesn't understand. The Fat Man's sphere of influence quickly ensnares the rest of Colin's family and threaten ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Simon Pulse
(first published November 1st 1997)
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This was described on the flap as a "psychological thriller" which may be overstating it a little but it still was very good and kept me reading because I knew the guy was going to do something bad to these people who had bullied him in their youth but I couldn't figure out what he was going to do and how he was going to tie their child into the plot. The ending was a surprise and I wasn't sure I had figured it out right, so I made Mike read it to explain it to me. He zipped through it, liking i ...more
The fat man held a grudge for 13 years. When he decides to come back to his hometown to even the score, he involves Colin, the son of his school-yard nemesis. No one knows what evil the fat man has planned but Colin, and he is too frightened to tell anyone. The Fat Man, by Maurice Gee is a short novel that will keep you engrossed in the fate of the townspeople of Loomis, New Zealand.
Good NZ author, a very dark novel (especially for children). I enjoyed it, but didn't quite sympathise with the fat man as much as Gee wanted me to. We all have our bullying issues throughout childhood, but as some point we should rise above it - unlike the fat man.
One of New Zealand’s most distinguished novelists, born in Whakatane, passed much of his childhood in the country town of Henderson (now contained by Auckland’s urban sprawl), and this background plays a major role in his fiction. Again and again his plots are set in Henderson, usually under another name, or other small towns. Even in the most recent, where Wellington and Auckland play a major par ...moreMore about Maurice Gee...