The Lonely Walk by Jonathan Shaw

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I bought this book from the authors website, and found it to be the most interesting read to the begining of 2009. A detailed, acurate description of a man in a foriegn land coming to terms with loss, and pondering on reality.

The story is set in boston, massachusetts, when a fat man witnesses a murder. Bizarly named Jif Kitchen, it turns out he's english, not american. and he has a wife, who wears diapers (apparently she's incontinent)! The story is then told in flash back to jif kitchens past; in a uneven order. It explains the event that occured in an unknown japanese island called Hashima, where if kitchen meets his wife. there then follows some "bizar encounters" which can only be described as dreams; leding the reader the doubt what is real and what is not.

The time stamp provided is essential, otherwise the reader gets lost; infact if the reader isnt careful, they will get confused with the proluge as that is set in the past, seperate from the first chapter which is set in the present.

This story had me on the edge of my seat, carving each turn of the page until the very end. Quirky, funny, depresing and uplifting, this book is a must! A great alturnative to the regular sex and voilnce in liturature today. Well done jonathan shaw.

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