By John Lanchester
Book review by Oliver Smith
The blurb on the back…
“Kavanagh begins his time patrolling the Wall.
If he’s lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he only has to do two years of this. 729 more nights.
The best thing that can happen is that he survives and gets off the Wall and will never have to spend another day of his life anywhere near it.
But what if something did happen – if the Others came, if he had to fight for his life?
Thrilling and heartbreaking, The Wall is about a troubled world you will recognise as your own – and about what might be found when all is lost.”
I really enjoyed this book.
It’s fast-paced, but with enough detail to paint a picture and get you to care about the characters.
With recent happenings, Coronavirus aside, I’m talking Trump, Brexit and the rise of populism, there is almost a poetic realism to the subject matter.
The story has quite a few twists and turns and keeps you on your toes. It certainly doesn’t entertain boredom at any point.
The writing style is great, it’s short and sharp and really easy to read. I don’t particularly enjoy it when writers are pretentious and over complicate things, John Lanchester writes succinctly with clarity and effectiveness to paint vivid pictures with his words.