Attacked as a boy by bullies, Tim is left with the most serious loss he will face as a man. As a man he is out to revenge himself one by one on the gang by enacting the perfect murder with the perfect killing machine. But first of all he must become a supreme craftsman. Then he must practise....
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THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS - mainly because the ending was such a dreadful disappointment I can't possibly keep my mouth shut.TO START: I found this a difficult and clunky read; the timeline jumps around with no indication of where you are along the protagonists timeline and the text is literally littered with inane footnotes while the storyline is constantly punctuated by descriptions (tedious ones) of woodworking and how to look after your tools.HALF WAY THROUGH: I loved the book. I understood then the idiosyncrasies that at first I found irritating were an excellent insight and tool to help me understand the psychotic, obsessive personality of the man telling the story, Sebastian. I found each nugget of information intriguing. I wanted to read more.THE END: Until the last chapter rolled in. He completed his life's long task, to murder the 4 boys who had bullied and mutilated him as a teenager, leaving him a eunuch and irreversibly broken as a human being. It wasn't grotesque, it was, as intended, beautiful. However, the revelation that followed about Elena, his childhood love, was not. It turned out she was the one who dealt the fatal blow castrating him but she never had any remorse for what she did. In fact she pursued a love interest in him when he came back to Wales to seek his revenge. And her personality switched from sweet and understanding to remorseless and cruel. I found it beyond difficult to believe. Plus it ends with him disappearing and a random 'article' in a furniture magazine saying that no matter what he did, he was a great artist.Perhaps he runs away as his life long ambition was to kill those who had 'killed' him all those years ago and when it turned out they hadn't been the ones to truly harm him, instead it was the love of his life, he could not reconcile those facts and ran away. Perhaps he went to hell with the imaginary dead French man who kept asking him not to kill people? Who knows. I felt it was as clunky to end as it was to start and it irritated me enough to knock two stars off.
What I loved about this book is how Hughes portrays Obsession. The main character, Tim, is a Welsh man who was maimed by grammar school bullies and spends years and years planning his revenge. His obsession with revenge consumes him. I also liked the main character's parallel obsession with carpentry and all facets of it. But I especially liked how Hughes merges the two obsessions to fulfill Tim's revenge. It was a very interesting look at a madman who could very well be your neighbor. Good ending, I did not see that coming. And yes, I will always look before I sit anywhere...
I really enjoyed this book. I think part of the reason why I enjoyed it was due to the familiarity of the location and use of Wales. The other part was the writing; Jeremy lets you build up your own picture of how "She" would be and almost become fond of the "Strawberry" bad character, then shock ending. Brilliant!! I enjoyed piecing this together myself and trying to understand the enigmatic mind of a complete psycho!
Creepy story of obsession and murder. Similar in feel to Iain Banks seminal book The Wasp Factory. The only thing I did not like about this book was the way the character of Elena changed dramatically in less than a paragraph at the end of the book. Too abrupt. Did no feel real. Diminished the rest of the work in my opinion.
Mine and my brother's old English teacher in college! Great read, creative story telling and maniacal main character.