Julius Winsome lives in a cabin in the hunting heartland of the Maine woods, with only his books and his dog for company.
That is until the morning he finds that his dog has been shot dead - and not by accident.
Gerard Donovan weaves an extraordinary tale of revenge that is also a tender and heartbreaking paean to lost love.
Narrated by the unforgettable voice of Julius himself - at once compassionate, vulnerable and threatening - it reads like a timeless, lost classic.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 07/02/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571235377
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Review by AlisonY
A definite page-turner, this is the story of a man who lives a reclusive but contented life in a cabin in the woods in Maine. One afternoon his dog is deliberately shot at close range, and his grief and anger for the senseless killing of his faithful companion pushes him over the edge into an erratic and violent quest for justice.This protagonist (Julius Winsome) is quite limited in his depth of emotion, or at least in his ability to understand his emotions, so there is a certain starkness that prevails throughout the narrative. Written in the first person, his interactions with other characters is limited, so coupled with his own social and emotional limitations this perhaps restricts the connection that the reader could make with the story and with him as a character. I felt like an interested observer to the narrative, but wasn't fully pulled into it by my heart strings.That said, there was a good amount of suspense that kept me turning the pages long after I should have gone to bed, although I felt that Donovan perhaps could have built the suspense up a little more at the beginning before launching into the main stream of events.3.5 stars - an enjoyable, read on a plane for a few hours type of quick read.