When I was offered this book for the purpose of review I started to read the synopsis but I was sold by the time I got half way through and decided not to read the rest of it, I do love a book that’s a surprise. It was clear from what I read, though, that this book was going to be quite dark and rather troubling and it’s been a while since I read something like that, definitely time to be challenged!
This is, no word of a lie, one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It’s been a while since I just marvelled over the beauty of the language and the quality of the writing in a book. That’s not to say that the other books I’ve been reading haven’t been well written, the majority have been very well written, but something magical happens when an author can write words that sing like poetry, and that’s exactly what N Quentin Woolf does – Astoundingly beautiful.
Ordinarily I’d try to give you a brief overview of the story without telling you too much, but the first line that I read, of the synopsis I mentioned earlier, really stuck in my mind and it was just perfect for making me want to know more. I don’t want to tell you Any more than the synopsis does so I will just quote it for you, here, and leave it at that. Mean, I know.
‘John Knox falls passionately and irrevocably in love with Rachel McAllistair the first time they meet. He interviews her for his radio show, and afterwards, when he tells her how impressive she was, she hits him, square on the jaw. Undeterred, he pursues her, promising to love her and never to leave her.’ (Quoted from the synopsis of this book)
I know I’m being vague and I know I’m being annoying but I Really don’t want to tell you Too much about this book, I want you to know it’s fantastic and the writing is just of the highest quality. I want you to know you’ll be disturbed and you’ll be deeply challenged by this book. It’s dark and it’s beautiful but it’s not always very nice. It’s also captivating and enthralling and you want to know more about this man, about who he is and why he makes the decisions he does. You’ll love him and you’ll hate him and you just won’t understand, but you’ll not want to stop reading.
Painfully, beautifully addictive, I almost want to start reading it again.
The book is available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Death-Poet-Quentin-Woolf/dp/1846689333 for £9.02 (wow I’ve just checked and it has 9, 5 star reviews, seems like others agree with me, but watch out they might not be as elusive as me, don’t want to ruin the suspense now!).
I also have a giveaway running in which you can win a copy, and you can enter below (if you don’t win then you can come back and buy it from the link, I don’t know a single person i wouldn’t recommend this book to)
– The Giveaway is open to residents of the UK only
– The winner will be picked via Rafflecopter
– There will be one winner
– The winner will have 28 days to respond to my email informing them of the win, if they do not respond another winner will be drawn.
– The giveaway runs until midnight on 1st July 2014
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