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Robert Webb – How Not to be a Boy | Review

Title: How Not to be a Boy

Author: Robert Webb

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count: 330

Rating: 3.75/5

I was surprised by this one because I didn’t enjoy it as much as I was expecting. I’d heard a lot of really good stuff going into this, but I had a few issues with it. Perhaps that’s not surprising because I’ve always had a strange relationship with him. When I first saw him in Peep Show, I didn’t like him much, but I’ve since come around to have a healthy respect for him, although I prefer David Mitchell.

I think the main thing that hampered my enjoyment here was Webb’s writing style, which is pretty idiosyncratic. Because of that, I think that you’ll either love the way that he writes or it’ll kind of grate on you, which is what happened with me. Still, that was just a minor thing and a matter of personal preference, and not enough for me to recommend against it.

That’s because it is actually a decent little memoir, particularly because of the way that it asks a lot of questions and goes out of its way to confront some of the ways in which our society has inherent biases about the two sexes. I guess you could say it’s pretty woke, and it knows it’s pretty woke, and in many ways that’s the point of it.

So while I didn’t quite enjoy this one as much as I expected to when I was going into it, I still can’t really complain. It was pretty good at doing what it set out to do, and there was also plenty of food for thought too. It’s also pretty dark, at times surprisingly so. Robert Webb has been through a lot and so it’s kind of awesome to see that he came out the other side and was able to turn it into something positive. So there’s that, I guess.

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Graham Greene – The Tenth Man | Review

Title: The Tenth Man

Author: Graham Greene

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 158

Rating: 8/10

 

Graham Greene - The Tenth Man

Graham Greene – The Tenth Man

 

This novel is as short as it is skillfully written, another genuine pleasure from the pen of Graham Greene. In a prison in occupied France, one in every ten prisoners is to be shot. The tenth man, then, is Lewis Chavel, a rich lawyer who picks the short straw. As you can imagine, that gives his character a kind of reluctant charisma, especially after he offers to give all of his money to the beneficiaries of another prisoner if he takes his place, which one man agrees to do.

It’s an incredible idea for a story, and it really draws you in – the rest of the novel focuses on the aftermath of such a transaction, and the evolution of the lawyer’s conscience, which couldn’t have been healthy to begin with. It’s a cracking novel, it really is impressive.

 

Graham Greene

Graham Greene

 

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