A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

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A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

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I imagined it would be about a twelve-year-old boys assent into manhood, where he learnt the facts of growing up when he took a trip in1995 with his estranged father. This is a psychological character study, a story of a boy—now a man—who went on a journey with his father, estranged from the family, with the hope that he will prove his constancy, and instead, finds himself in a situation that few sane people could hope to endure. Along the way, Francis’s temper and details of his philandering emerge, and he reacts violently when he and Daniel aren’t allowed onto the studio lot. This subject could have been dealt with very differently and a distraction from the main thrust of the story .

But with every passing mile, the layers of Fran’s mendacity and desperation are exposed, pushing him to acts of violence that will define the rest of his son’s life. But with every passing mile, the layers of Fran s mendacity and desperation are exposed, pushing him to acts of violence that will define the rest of his son s life. The plot of The Artifex parallels Daniel’s journey, a device that might seem trite in less skilled hands, but here the elements are balanced perfectly. Several more of these ominous sentences are scattered through the book; it’s not the gravest of authorial sins, but it’s never been a strategy I particularly like.I can't pretend to understand what all my parents arguments were about, or who was to blame for starting them. A story of a boy who was eager to form a bond with his rolling-stone dad; what he didn't know is that this bond would ruin his life forever. Contrary to expectations, he appears on time and they go, sticking the first part of the book "The Sorceress" in the cassette player.

At times it is a domestic drama; a father and a son he doesn’t really know driving through England on a blisteringly hot summer’s day. Once the incident itself happened, however, I felt that the book lost momentum, drifting along before eventually petering out altogether.Before we read another word, we know this will be the story of a toxic—perhaps dangerous—father and the disillusionment of a young son. His first novel The Bellwether Revivals was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Book Prize, and won one of France's foremost literary awards, Le Prix du Roman Fnac. Meanwhile, the horror is heightened by the fact that we see all this through a child’s eyes: as if in some terrifying pantomime, we want to scream at Daniel to do something, anything – and then remember that he is only a boy.

That might have been clue enough that things were going to take a dreadful turn, but I didn’t catch on that quickly.Wood’s third novel is a gripping work, his chilling creation Francis Hardesty leaving an indelible mark. The beginning of “A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better”, by Benjamin Wood, starts with dire foreshadowing and then whams you with a punch that absolutely requires that you keep reading this gripping psychological suspense novel. Fran is an incurable womanising opportunist that has managed to destroy his marriage to Kath and consequently has been absent for most of Daniel’s life.

Even with 12-year-old Daniel’s limited interaction with his father, he knows not to set his expectations too high.For twenty years, Daniel Hardesty has borne the emotional scars of a childhood trauma which he is powerless to undo, which leaves him no peace. A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better is his best work yet - a novel written from the gut, and with a correspondingly visceral power . His parents marriage is obviously broken and as a 12 year old, he is trying to reach out for the love of his father.

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