Wild Abandon, By Joe Dunthorne
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014.
Saturday 30 June 2012
There are very few instances in which you really do "laugh out loud"; even less when a book proves so "unputdownable" that you read it one sitting.
Dunthorne's second novel may be the exception and have you tittering late into the night with its comic timing and its perceptive characterisation. Dunthorne bases his brother-sister adventure on the well-worn terrain of a badly functioning modern commune, but there is no cliche in sight. Instead, there is inventive, rollicking, bittersweet and beauteous prose. Utterly unputdownable - and you may laugh out loud.
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