Van has finished reading…Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch

18 Apr

This book didn’t end up where I expected it to, the turn and the realisation coming about half way through. It turns quite effortlessly from the naive and optimistic to the wholly unrelenting. The power of the book, I think, is in Birch’s description; at times broad impressionist streaks, at others the minute attention of a realist, but either way she lets her readers feel the scene she paints, and convincingly enough that you start to wonder whether she has suffered these things first hand.

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