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The Breaking of Eggs by Jim Powell
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Mar 11, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: new-author
Read in April, 2011

I brought this book after being persuaded by review of it on the culture show. I was looking forward to reading it and really enjoyed the start and the ending, but I didn't find the middle very convincing as there was too much as description and too many omnipotent third-parties. Even though the character Felix was established as being insular, I still felt he wasn't interested in his emerging family connections and friends as individuals, and found the handy long letters and descriptions unlikely. The historical context was presented from a different perspective and was thought provoking.
The cover on the paperback edition (with a small boy crouching at the side of an alley) wrongly suggests a misery memoir which I didn't think it was, it is more a story of one person's discovery of themselves and their family. I preferred the original austerity cover which was more appropriate to the main character.

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