|Nomadic SA Chick||
Page Count: 352
Fiction Genre: Irish-Lit., Realistic, Mental Health
Dates Read: September 15-18, 2015
John is a young boy who isn't the most popular, but he does okay at school. Things are okay at home too, but he knows there is a lot of stress between his parents and his fathers mother. His life is turned upside down when his parents move him from their sleepy town, living with his grandmother, to the bustling city, far away from his friends, his most loved teacher, and his grandmother. John struggles to find himself in his new environment, always on the verge of poverty.
This book while very disturbing, was a pleasant surprise. I wasn't all that excited about having this book on my list, but now that I am done with it, I am very glad it was. The book started off rough where in the first few pages an 11 year old boy describes in great detail his father murdering a litter of kittens. I nearly walked away from the book at that point, but I gave it a chance. There is no doubt that the Egan family in this book is dysfunctional, but you spend the entire book trying to figure out where/who this dysfunction is stemming from.
There wasn't a big flashy ending to this book, and reading reviews from other GoodReaders, that was a problem. However, I felt the ending was perfect for the narrative and tone of Carry Me Down. The prose are so smooth and beautiful in these pages that I actually felt like John, half-child, half-man, was sitting in my living room telling me his story in person. I almost hated to close the book at the end. I felt like I was saying goodbye to a dear friend.
Ratings (based on a 10 point scale)
Quality of Writing - 9
Pace - 8
Plot Development - 7
Characters - 8
Enjoyability - 9
Insightfulness - 7
Ease of Reading - 9
Photos/Illustrations - N/A
Overall Rating - 5 out of 5 stars