[Ebook] Boy on the Wire By Alastair Bruce – Submitalink.info

[Ebook] Boy on the Wire  By Alastair Bruce – Submitalink.info He Is A Man Who Lied, Who Told A Story, A Wild, Fanciful Story, About The Death Of A Child, A Hard And Unyielding Story It Is That, He Finds, That He Hates Most The Story That Was Told.In 1983 Paul Hyde, Aged Ten, Dies Falling From A Ledge In The Mountains Of The Karoo His Older Brother Peter, Who Falls At The Same Time, Survives But Loses All Memory Of The Event The Youngest Brother, John, Is The Only Witness.Many Years Later, John Is Living In London He And His Wife Rachel, Who Knows Nothing Of The Tragedy Of His Past And Nothing Of His Family, Make Plans To Have Children Of Their Own Their Life Together Is Disrupted When Peter Arrives In London And Claims His Memory Is Returning Pulled Back In Spite Of Himself, John Returns To South Africa And The Home He Grew Up In.His Return Makes Him Question His Recollection Of The Tragedy Can We Ever Be Certain Of Events That Happened That Far In The Past, Certain We Have Not Completely Changed Their Meaning And Our Part In Them If we create a story in our mind and stick to it long enough it becomes our truth But what if that truth is challenged How deep can memories be buried What are the ramifications of another s truth John Hyde leaves his neat London life in search of truth in South Africa s Eastern Cape The reader is swept away on a turbulent stream of consciousness and left ad Couldnt get into unfinished I thought Alastair Bruce s Wall Of Days was excellent and I was hoping for great things from this novel It s not bad, and has some excellent things about it, but overall I found it a bit of a disappointment, I m afraid.It s a difficult book to summarize It is narrated from various points of view at different times sometimes in the third person, sometimes in the first and concerns John Hyde who is now a successful London banker At the age of eight he witnessed the death of his older brother in a fall and has always held his other brother responsible The book concerns his shattered family and his relationship or lack of relationship with them, and how returning memories may bring trauma and possible healing.It s a haunting book, almost nightmarish book at times, in which there is little plot to speak of Bruce is concerned with the nature of memory, of how memories both false and true can affect our lives and of how lives may be impacted by shattering events, even events of long ago Beginning quietly, My heart was in my throat throughout the novel, so the wishy washy ending was a disappointment. I ended up skimming through the book because frankly I found the style too mannered, too self conscious Alastair Bruce could take some tips from Margaret Mahy s excellent Memory I also found it unbelievable that parents could h Denouement last four chapters wrecked what would have been a great book. The idea for the plot intrigued me, but the execution was super boring, the book dragged on forever, and I skimmed through about 90% of it.

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