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Book Title: Rocks in the Belly|
The author of the book: Jon Bauer
ISBN 13: 9781846688454
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 11.49 MB
Edition: Serpent's Tail
Date of issue: February 1st 2012
Read full description of the books Rocks in the Belly:Wow, I really don't know what to say about this book. I suppose I'd say it's beautiful, but some of the horrifying and depressing parts make me wonder if 'beautiful' is a bit too inappropriate. It's a book that made me angry, sad, and somehow a little bit happy when it came full circle.
I have to say that I really love the two voices in this book. I was worried that the child voice would be too cutesy and juvenile or unbelievable, but it's incredibly accurate and makes me wish adults gave children more credit. I really did feel like I was in that 8 year old boy's mind, and remembered my own frustrations with how adults treated me at that age. It's great when contrasted against the adult voice, as it's quite jarring to go from that youthful innocence to adult sexuality and adult dramas.
The mother in this book was also really believable, and her actions remind me a lot of the despicable characters Stephen King creates in some of his books, like abusive husbands where I can't wait for them to meet a horrible end. Watching the mother's story developing was really interesting because I initially started out like this, wanting her to have a moment of clarity in her dying moments for her son to abuse her about all the horrible things she'd done.
But then as the story progressed, I began to feel sorry for her in her last few days, especially after reading the letter she'd tried to write her son over the years. And by the time she eventually died, I'd lost all those feelings of animosity toward her and may or may not have cried like a baby. D: Though I have to admit that I probably wouldn't have spent the last few chapters crying if it weren't for the cat having to be put down, I started crying during those scenes and then didn't stop! Judging by how much I cried, it was a really effective device.
I also found it interesting how much I loathed the mother for how she abused her son, because it was never outright emotional or physical abuse - it was smaller things, an almost subtle kind of neglect that really took its toll. I sat there thinking "god, she's an awful mother" but if I were to explain why she was so horrible to someone, I wouldn't be able to easily point it out.
I also adore the non-linear chronology that this book takes, I think it works well and is perfectly paced to reveal what ultimately happened to Robert and changed everything forever. I liked that the book wasn't set out so it was just a guy coming back to his hometown to deal with an emotionally abusive dying mother - it had an unusual mystery element to keep me guessing. I liked how Robert's fate was what drove the whole book, yet you're kept guessing about what really happened until 3/4 of the way through.
Overall I quite enjoyed this book, with the last few chapters having me sobbing like an absolute baby. It takes what could be a pretty generic drama storyline and turns it on its head, shaking up the chronology and using subtle plot devices for maximum impact. I didn't think this would be my kind of book when I first received it, but it's affected me quite a lot, and is probably the best that I've received through the Goodreads First Reads program so far.
If you're into dramas where a character comes back to their hometown to face their past, or even if you aren't, give this book a read. It could easily be generic and predictable, but the subtle changes really differentiate it from similar stories. And I know it certainly changed my expectations of the genre.
FTC Disclaimer: I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads program. My opinions aren't influenced from receiving the book for free, because if you check my first-reads shelf you'll see me having torn an author a new one before ;] A shit book will still be a shit book in the end, after all!
Read information about the authorJon Bauer has written short stories and plays for stage and radio. Rocks in the Belly is his first novel and won the 2011 Indie Award for Best Debut Fiction. It was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award.
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