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Overtaken by Alexei Sayle

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Oh dear. A Christmas present I’ve just got around to reading, Overtaken by Alexei Sayle turned out to be a bit of a disappointment.

Kelvin, a property developer enjoys a good life with his five friends all in their early thirties. They go on holiday together, go to all the right clubs, plays, comedy shows, restaurants and other entertainments in and around Lancashire. But Kelvin’s self-satisfied life is smashed apart when his friends are all killed in a car crash. The driver of the truck that mowed them down shows no remorse so Kelvin plans to teach him some feelings.

Unfortunately what follows sort of approaches comedy but it just isn’t funny. And the characters and their situations are just not natural or engaging enough and the plot lacks narrative drive with too much cod surrealism for it work in any other way, certainly not the tragedy Sayles aims for at the end.

I had previously heard good things about his short stories but on the evidence of this I wont be trying much else of Sayle’s work.


Written by Fearful Symmetry

July 15, 2009 at 10:42 am

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