Feb. 7th, 2012

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I'm not sure which is the unforgiveable sin: to be depressing, or to be badly written. This is both. Also condemning this to the Inferno is the typeface, which is the kind of thing I'd more usually associate with local history written on an early eighties word processor by the village obsessive.

I was really hoping that this would be better than everybody else who reviewed it said it was going to be. I am sure there are better books out there by and about Fijians. But really, I could have coped with the relentless parade of sheer misery (drugs, meths drinking, rape, unemployment, mugging) had it not been ghostwritten by Captain Obvious. This passage says it all, really:

'One-eyed Jack' had only one eye. He had lost his other eye in a brawl after a dance. Someone had thrown a broken bottle at him. It had cut his eye.

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