The Sound of One Hand Clapping by Richard Flanagan
Five words from the blurb: immigrants, Tasmania, tragedy, drunken, father
I loved Gould’s Book of Fish (which I read pre-blogging), so was excited about trying another of Flanagan’s books. Unfortunately The Sound of One Hand Clapping didn’t have the same impact on me. I found the story fragmented and the wonderfully atmospheric descriptions weren’t enough to hold my attention. There were some good observations about migrants and difficult relationships, but I’m afraid I didn’t become emotionally invested in any of the characters.
Idiopathy by Sam Byers
Five words from the blurb: love, girlfriend, toxic, cattle, relationships
This book contained some great one liners, but didn’t really work as a whole. The structure of the novel wasn’t quite right and most of the time I felt as though the plot had been forced to fit around the jokes. I think it might be appreciated more by men, especially those who enjoy lighter reads.
Feeding the Ghosts by Fred D’Aguiar
Five words from the blurb: slave, ship, illness, survives, responsibility
Feeding the Ghosts is a short, but gripping book about life aboard a slave ship. It had some fantastic scenes, but contained nothing particularly new or memorable. The descriptions were wonderfully vivid (which could make them too disturbing for some) but I’m afraid the plot was too simple for me.