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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Patrick Crean Books; First Edition edition (Aug. 2 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144342370X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443423700
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By salanb on Dec 5 2013
Format: Hardcover
David Gilmour has written a gentle, perhaps heart-breaking, tale about a social issue that demands our attention.

I enjoyed the use of dialogue to tell almost all of the story. There were a few times when I wanted the story to move forward more quickly, yet I now see that this telling is probably quite near the natural pace at which this course of events would unfold.

A good read; one to recommend to the right, and perhaps, older person.
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16 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Intrepid on Sept. 29 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Admittedly I haven't read this book - yet - and I am a man. I can't, however, fail to notice that while the book has been available for some time it is only in the last three days that these very negative reviews have appeared. Suggesting at least that the reviewers' opinions have more to do with their disdain for Mr. Gilmore's recently published views of women writers than a critically fair examination of his most recent work. One must seriously doubt that a work as seriously flawed as these (women?) critics would proclaim would ever make the Giller list. Ego, read them with caution and a large grain of salt.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Clarissa on Oct. 18 2013
Format: Hardcover
It's great subject and it should have worked. But I never got any sense of character from the novel. It just slid inexorably toward death, which is fine. But why did it seem so dull?
I think the author spent so much time on the idea, he wasn't able to create interesting people. A failure. The subject of assisted suicide deserves better.
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4 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Emilia Leopold on Sept. 29 2013
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gilmour has his head so far stuck up his own ass that he is unable to see outside his own personal bubble. newsflash: his writing's terrible, but maybe that's because i'm a woman and this means i cannot write or have good taste in literature. ladies, don't bother reading his pretentious crap. he's not writing for you, and even if he was, it would be a waste of your precious time to read anything by him anyway.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Unutterable Garbage Sept. 27 2013
By B. E. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The only thing Extraordinary about it is that I managed to read half of this tosh before throwing it in the bin. The problem it has is that it strives too hard at stylisation and ends up being the self-conscious drivel of a student on a creative writing program who gets laughed out of the class in the first semester. Writing is a gift, but if the seed is there, it can be cultivated (think of those novels that are formulaic but still very readable), and the lesson all writers learn is to read ,read and read. Read widely, no holds barred. Learn about voice, character creation and development, plot development, grabbing the reader from the beginning. David Gilmour has lot to learn and that is obvious from this pathetic teenage meandering masquerading as literature.
30 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Dreadful Sept. 25 2013
By Martina Newberry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dreadful what passes for writing sometimes... Gilmour's writing is stilted, boring, soulless and ought to be viewed as the publisher's joke on anyone unwise enough to buy this junk. The "story," for lack of a better word, is listless at best, fraught with burning candles, martinis and Drambuies, margaritas and listening to recorded music (as described by Philip Marchand).

There is something in the book about some woman named Susan who wants to die. By the end of the novel, I was more than ready to see that happen.

I returned the book. Waste of time, waste of money. If this author is actually teaching classes, God help his students.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Pretentious and poorly written... Sept. 28 2013
By theMountinman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The introduction I read, which was mercifully (if not intentionally) brief, contained an excessive amount of unnecessary and superfluous punctuation, as well as a healthy dose of poor grammar, undoubted attributable to the author's undisguised disdain for even the basic rules of writting; as if to say, "When one has achieved the station in life to which I have ascended, one is no longer bound by the constructs and devices of lesser beings".

Actually, my last sentence could have come out of this book... garbage.

I guess my fiction preference lies with the writings of those who aren't bigots and/or misogynists.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Poorly written, lack of intrigue Sept. 28 2013
By JoyceFan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The text was poorly written, and the narrative suffered a lack of balance, flow and intrigue. I do not recommend reading this rather stunted book, and direct readers instead to the booker nominees for this year, which include a selection of cultural backgrounds and gender perspectives - and very fine writing.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Meh Sept. 29 2013
By M. Shepherd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those books that you keep reading because you know that there has to be an exciting climax at the end. Well, there is not. I feel like I wasted my time with this one. If you do feel like you HAVE to read it, read the first five pages and the last five pages and you just about read the whole thing.

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