Night Beach

Night Beach

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  • Paperback | 324 pages
  • 131 x 197 x 24mm | 282g
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • 0143206559
  • 9780143206552

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808 ratings
3.68 out of 5 stars
5 32% (260)
4 27% (219)
3 23% (185)
2 12% (95)
1 6% (49)

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Oh, this book frustrated me. The writing (in terms of word arrangement, that is) was beautiful. I wish I could give it 5 stars just for the writing. But the actual plot - well, was there even a plot? There was something about a supernatural thing, some (evil?) being that was hinted at the whole time and then BAM! something weird would happen, but I was never sure how, or why, or even what exactly was happening. Everything was beautifully described except for the transitions from "normal" to "fantasy" and I just couldn't work it out. In fact, I think I would have been happier with the story if the supernatural element was entirely removed - although that would have left the story as a rather bland "artist girl is obsessed with boy" teenage drama, and the writing deserved more than that. Melina Marchetta wrote a blurb for the cover, and this seems fitting to me for the prose was equal to, if not better than her own writing, which I adore. However, where Marchetta triumphs hugely over Eagar is that she takes simple, unconfused plots and turns them into something magical, so that you feel as though you're reading a fantasy but it is still firmly anchored in real life. This book wasn't. I will, however, give her props for not changing the characters. The ending could have been a disney-happy thing where Kane realises from his experiences that he treated Abbie badly and falls in love with her; fortunately Eagar gave him a far more realistic arc by letting him sink into denial and anger, and allowing Abbie (who was, to my delight, not a complete moron) to finally let him go. I did want to know more about Hollywood, who was probably my favourite character. Maybe Eagar will write another book, a not-quite-sequel where the plot becomes as important as the prose (and Hollywood is a main character)? I can only hope. NOTE: I kept getting distracted by needing to check online for images of the mentioned artworks, so I decided to put them here, in sort-of order of appearance: Henri's Armchair by Brett Whiteley The Mystery and Melancholy of a Street by Georgio de Chirico Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Dorothea Tanning (less)show more
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