Tuesday, 18 March 2014

"A Swift Pure Cry" by Siobhan Dowd | Review

SOURCE: Borrowed from Katrina (Chased By My Imagination)
TYPE: Paperback

TITLE: A Swift Pure Cry

AUTHOR: Siobhan Dowd
SERIES: -
PAGES: 310

AVERAGE GOODREADS RATING: 3.73/5

MY RATING: 4/5

BLURB:
Life has been hard for Shell since the death of her mam. Her dad has given up work and turned his back on reality, leaving Shell to care for her brother and sister. When she can, she spends time with her best friend Bridie and the charming, persuasive Declan, sharing cigarettes and irreverent jokes.
Shell is drawn to the kindness of Father Rose, a young priest, but soon finds herself the centre of an escalating scandal that rocks the small Irish community to its foundations.


WHY I LIKE IT: 
Firstly, I found this story to be beautifully written in a really good style. The key issue raised in this novel is touched on so well, highlighting both the narrow-mindedness of society and also the pressure that young people feel to keep everyone happy, regardless of their own happiness. As the story unfolds, you really feel for the protagonist, Shell, who appears to develop and grow throughout the novel, and the character development gives the story a much greater charm. You get angry with some characters (e.g. Shell's dad) but you also have a sense of empathy for them which makes your emotional response very mixed. 

WHY I DON'T LIKE IT:
There wasn't much about this novel that I didn't like until the ending. It's a pretty sad image the story is left on, and there doesn't appear to be any real sense of atonement or concluding of some of the questions I wanted answered. 
Also, there are a lot of religious references in this novel which some may find difficult to understand.

OVERALL:
I gave this 4/5 on Goodreads because I did really like the story as it was captivating and very interesting to read. I'd definitely recommend this book to lots of people because it's definitely an eye-opener in my opinion. 


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