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Bleak

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-04-2020

I read this book having viewed the film JoJo Rabbit which was based on Caging Skies. I loved the quirky nature of the film, it’s tragicomic approach and the performances. I was expecting something similar in the novel and I certainly encountered the quirkiness. The charm and humanity of the main character plus the conflict that dominated his life for much of the film was absent in the book. Instead we saw the world through the eyes of a character who was extremely hard to sympathise with and, by book’s end, quite repulsive. The book is beautifully written but ultimately a tale of human disintegration and misery. I couldn’t wait for it to end.