The subject is stark – brutalised humanity in the plight of Syrian refugees living in appalling conditions. What stands out is the humanity.
I am reminded of the poetry of Wilfred Owen – exquisite poems from the horrors of the trenches in WW1. He too stressed the humanity of his subjects despite their shocking situation.
It takes a special writer to achieve this.
Flanagan offers, in this short essay, a masterclass in human portraiture.
The Sound of One Hand Clapping by Richard Flanagan
Finished 26 March 2014 and posted on Goodreads on 27 March 2014.
FOUR STARS – Recommended
Style and Substance. A good story told well. A tale worth the time of telling and told with the polish of time in the making. Reading, for me, is an experience on many levels, so a really satisfying read, which is how I would class this one, has to engage and intrigue me on those different levels.
There’s the plotting: Where is this going? What’s going to happen next?
There are the characters: How are they going to turn out? What’s their defining moment going to be?
There are the subject matter and themes.
There is the style.
Flanagan’s novel worked so well for me. read more …