Van has finished reading…The Rapture by Liz Jensen

19 Oct

The Rapture by Liz Jensen

The main two characters are not likeable people, something they both admit. It makes for an interesting change as readers usually like to identify with the ‘heroes’. What does it say about us if/when we do identify with them? In spite of this I found it an enjoyable read (although sometimes difficult, given the subject matter).

  I think the thing that Liz Jensen does really well is mood. The language she uses fits her characters exceptionally well so that you are never in any doubt about what they are feeling about themselves and their situation. It allows you at least to invest in the characters even if you can’t like them. As I found with The Ninth Life of Louis Drax, Liz Jensen also has a keen sense of emotional torque, and every now and then you might just feel your stomach tighten involuntarily.

The book talks about faith and belief (which aren’t always the same thing) in subtle ways as well as obvious ones, and also looks at the ever present spectre of what is happening to our climate without whacking a carbon neutral sticker on your forehead.

It’s a good reason to go and look for other Liz Jensen books.


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