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A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

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It felt a little strange dealing with a climactic scene well before the end of the book and the latter part felt a little jarred even though it was also quite interesting. The fact that the journey ends in disaster is spelled out clearly upfront, but you have read it unfold to find out exactly what transpires. but in agreement with one of the other reviewers I saw nothing beneficial from the Artifex sections . Travelling well beyond his earlier fiction, Wood has produced a tour de force that marks his creative arrival.

I rarely come back to books once I’ve decided against them, but occasionally my instincts tell me to give something another chance. Quite surprisingly those events do not bring the story to a conclusion and the remaining 20% of the book takes us on a psychological exploration of memory, frustration and irresolution.On the road, Daniel listens to an Artifex audiobook, and passages from it augment the narrative but add nothing. They fly by the seat of their pants until they crash, squandering such native intelligence as they possess on the pursuit of instant gratification and endless self-aggrandisement.

His father, Francis, estranged from his mother, is a set builder for the show in Leeds, and promises Daniel a studio visit. Daniel is heading in the right direction away from his past, but he knows that his father could be within him. I really enjoyed both of Benjamin Wood’s previous two novels The Bellwether Revivals and The Ecliptic, but I think this is his best work yet.They have one shared interest, The Artifex, a children's TV program where Fran works on set, and Daniel has been promised special access to the studio. All I know is, from the moment I was old enough to recognise his absence, my father had the most peculiar hold on me. Okay, we can see that Fran is someone who hates being backed into a corner where he might have to admit a failing. The acclaimed author of The Ecliptic has written a novel of exceptional beauty about the bond between fathers and sons, and the invention and reconciliation of self—weaving a haunting story of lost innocence and love.

Since making the critics stand to attention with the narrative force of first The Bellwether Revivals then The Ecliptic , Benjamin Wood has been very much a novelist to watch. One August morning, Daniel and his estranged father Francis—a character of irresistible charm and roiling self-pity—set out on a road trip that seems a promise to salvage their relationship. Along the way, Francis’s temper and details of his philandering emerge, and he reacts violently when he and Daniel aren’t allowed onto the studio lot.Dan listens to the cassette, read by Maxine, as they travel north towards the TV studio, where Dan’s been promised a look around the set and the chance to meet the stars. He torments himself with this and on trying to apportion which parent is responsible for which personality trait.

How he went on a road trip with his father, Francis, a journey that had a really rather shocking end and one that has haunted him into his present.You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

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