The Casualties

The Casualties

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"In Nick Holdstock's The Casualties, a man recounts the final weeks of his neighborhood before the apocalyptic event that only a few of the eccentric residents will survive. Samuel Clark likes secrets. He wants to know the hidden stories of the bizarre characters on the little streets of Edinburgh, Scotland. He wants to know about a nymphomaniac, a man who lives under a bridge, a girl with a cracked face. He wants to uncover their histories because he has secrets of his own. He believes, as people do, that he is able to change. He believes, as the whole world does, that there is plenty of time to solve his problems. But Samuel Clark and the rest of the world are wrong. Change and tragedy are going to scream into his and everyone's lives. It will be a great transformation, a radical change; and it just might be worth the cost. Written by a rising literary star whose work has been published in notoriously selective publications such as n+1 and The Southern Review, The Casualties is an ambitious debut novel that explores how we see ourselves, our past and our possible futures. It asks the biggest question: How can we be saved?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250059512
Branch Call Number: Fiction Holdstock
Characteristics: pages ; cm


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May 22, 2016

This is a strange book. Hard to follow. Doesn't make much sense.

Nov 18, 2015

First of all, let me say that I love my King Country Library System. I suggested this book for purchase via their website interface, based on an excellent pre-publicaton review. Not only was it purchased, but they added it to my Hold List, and then notified me when it was on the shelf.
This is a very striking novel of a near-future, post-apocalytic Earth, but it is not science fiction. It is an examination of the quotidian life in a Scottish suburb, pre-apocalypse, and all the ways in which people's obsessions and secrets interact. I went through it one absorbing sitting! And I felt honor-bound to review it for KCLS -- I hope someone sees this and reads it, too.

Sep 07, 2015

I wanted to believe in this book so much. The opening sentences drew me in immediately. But halfway through, the magic wore off. There are many incongruities to the plot and characters that created an unconvincing picture of the novel as a whole. I found myself waiting, asking "And? So what?" when I finished the last page. It feels as though some parts need to be rewritten or scrapped or added.


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