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The Servants by Michael Marshall Smith
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Apr 26, 2012

it was amazing

Mark's mother has chosen David, his stepfather, over Mark, which is infuriating enough.

Mark has been uprooted from London, where he lived perfectly happily with his mom and dad, to Brighton, where David lives above stairs in a row house, and now Dad's gone and Mum married David and now she does everything David says.

To get away from David, Mark takes his skateboard and goes down to the pier and spends day after cloudy, grim day skating, falling down, and getting back up again.

And one day he meets the impossibly old lady who lives in the flat below, and she shows Mark some magic.

This is a lovely little gem of book about the beginning of sadness, told through haunting metaphor and startling clarity of memory. Smith recalls perfectly the impotent rage of a child who needs to do something to stop the passage of time; he obviously remembers that horrific moment when a child realizes that, eventually, every single thing and person in his whole, dear world, including himself, will die and be forgotten.
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