It sounded like it might be quite interesting, though, admittedly, I only looked at it in the first place because I'm doing a "57" challenge. And I'mIt sounded like it might be quite interesting, though, admittedly, I only looked at it in the first place because I'm doing a "57" challenge. And I'm sure it could have been quite interesting if I'd been able to get past the first page. Having been stopped short by the first sentence I did then have a brief browse through the rest of the book to see if I could manage to put aside my revulsion and enjoy it after all. But the foul language on almost every page meant I would have been wincing the whole way, so I gave it a miss.
I can cope with swearing - what was that hilarious movie ... can't think of the name .... and another that was terribly black humour and had its share of swearing. And lots of books nowadays have a fair amount of it in the dialogue. It's supposed to make it authentic. All I can say is that I'm glad the people I associate with don't dirty the air around them like that.
But what hit me in that first sentence was the word 'wifebeater', which appears to be an item of apparel.
Well! Clearly I am not a member of the book's intended audience....more
I haven't read horror since I was in my teens or twenties, and I have watched very few horror movies since then either. This was published in 1974 andI haven't read horror since I was in my teens or twenties, and I have watched very few horror movies since then either. This was published in 1974 and is, apparently, a classic. Fine.
Mutant rats are taking over London. There are lots of gory descriptions of their eating habits and victims. The rest of the story, though, has little to commend itself. The characters are flat and none of them credible, the 70s sexism is appalling, and the plot is silly. Despite that, once I'd started I wanted to finish it. Thus the 2 stars instead of 1....more
There was much in this book that I didn't enjoy - the description of butchering livestock, the sheer violence of the sports games, the domineering, diThere was much in this book that I didn't enjoy - the description of butchering livestock, the sheer violence of the sports games, the domineering, dictatorial Bulibasha and the acceptance by all and sundry that his control of the family, by any means - sarcasm, direct orders, physical violence - was not to be questioned. None of that fits into any lifestyle scenario that I have experienced, nor do I find novels that have these things as the main theme to be appealing. So I almost stopped reading.
However, it's this month's choice for the book discussion group I attend and I can't see the point in belonging to a group and not reading the books. After all, that's the whole idea for me - to read books I might not otherwise have come across or tried, etc. So I didn't stop, and ultimately was pleased for that.
The saving grace in this novel about a boy growing up in the middle years of the 20th century, in the back country of the East Coast of New Zealand's North Island, where the white people are the wealthy land- and sheep-owners and the Maori have some land but little else, is the author's humour and the his carfting skill. The tale is told in the voice of Bulibasha's least grandson, Simeon (also known as Himiona), whose father is the youngest son and therefore inherits nothing, has no voice in family discussions, and who accepts his position meekly. Simeon, however, is a rebel at heart, and his voice gives us the viewpoint of a child growing through into his teenage years and self-awareness. Occasionally we get his voice as an adult as well, looking back.
I became very involved in this story, even to the degree of cheering for Simeon's family in their sporting wars. A gripping story....more