A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

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A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

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Driven by an implacable self-righteousness, he is ill equipped to deal with the least sign of failure and, as his best-laid plans go seriously awry, he ends up being transfigured into a full-on sociopath, while his increasingly desperate son watches. Danny's father is a complex character, not just a pantomime villain, and the way things play out seems realistic. On the road, Daniel listens to an Artifex audiobook, and passages from it augment the narrative but add nothing. You find yourself trying to give advice to a parent when you, yourself, aren't old enough to understand what you're saying.

The gaps in knowledge and understanding allow the reader to fill in the blanks and the horror feels almost unimginable. At the end of the novel, Dan is trying to become healed from his trauma and we learn just why he’s telling us this story – a story that will remain with me for a long time. The narrative is subtle and gradually reveals the relationship between father and son, and between the other characters. More of this parallel wouldn’t have gone amiss: the point is that the show is about not just the line between reality and fantasy, but that between fantasy and insanity.an impressive exercise in mood and narrative command, with a freezing chill that takes some time to depart from the mind. The day started with a pleasant enough breakfast: I made a pan of porridge and, as usual, teased her for the way that she pronounced it, pordge.

His debut, THE BELLWETHER REVIVALS (2012), was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Book Prize, and won one of France's foremost literary awards, Le Prix du Roman Fnac. A dark, gripping psychological drama that is perfectly paced, 'A Station on a Path to Somewhere Better' is the third novel by the excellent Benjamin Wood. I found it disappointing, unsuitable for the character, a little too neat, perhaps a little implausible. That might have been clue enough that things were going to take a dreadful turn, but I didn’t catch on that quickly. At times it is a domestic drama; a father and a son he doesn’t really know driving through England on a blisteringly hot summer’s day.You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

His ex-wife, Kath, all too aware of Fran’s fecklessness, is wary about this trip, but Daniel, a lonely child who needs more in life than she can provide, is obsessed with the series and persuades her to let him go. By the time Daniel recounts the worse I was gripping the book with both hands like I was afraid it would fly out of my grasp!Francis is also a liar, and Daniel, now narrating as an adult and who hoards VHS tapes of the show, warns the reader that the trip went badly (“when I think about that August week and what transpired, I know it is the fault line under every forward step I try to make”), but it takes a while for the reader to find out just how disastrous.

The trip would end in tragedy and trauma, and Daniel attempts to deconstruct and analyse the events and his responses to them, with hindsight. In the latter stages of the novel, Daniel is an adult, obsessively trying to reconstruct those dramatic events from memory, witness statements, and video evidence. He drugs his nights up with sleeping tablets, he’s cold with other people and too wedded to his job.

The book is a tremendous achievement, an unputdownable domestic thriller that is also subtle and moving . He’s thrown himself into his studies, gone to LSE, ended up on Wall Street, loves a girl who understands him, marries her. Even though Daniel knew that his father couldn't be trusted, he chose to believe him, and this faith is reflected in the story of The Artifex itself - which is about a boy in the 1950s who befriends a woman he believes is an alien, but who is probably mentally ill. He is Albert, walking through the normal world after experiencing a totally different, frightening, scarring perspective on it. I found myself checking the % marker on the Kindle with every page in the hope that I was nearing the end.

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