Redemption Falls

Joseph O'Connor's Redemption Falls

One of the books that I read this summer has been so good that I thought I’d recommend it.  The book is Redemption Falls by Joseph O’Connor and it is magnificent.

The book is set in the days following the American civil war and it’s main themes are the chaos, hurt and continuing hatreds that civil war creates. Admittedly it isn’t the easiest book to get into.

The language in the first chapter is as dense and deliberately confusing as anything I’ve read; and once you’re past that the story itself is given depth by letters, interviews and handbills. All of which makes for a book you need to concentrate on. Added to this O’Connor allows for different points of view and so different realisations of the same event which means the plot isn’t a straight forward one.

But for me that was a real joy. This a novel that makes you think, allows your imagination a part in the process and encourages ambiguity.

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About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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