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Glyn Maxwell thought he could write a tale in verse, but obviously didn't put enough thought into whether or not he should. I almost gave this book one star, but gave it an extra one for the ambition alone. It's such an unenjoyable read that I wanted to give up after the first chapter.The big problem I have with Time's Fool is that it doesn't work well as a story or as poetry. Yes, it's cool that Maxwell wrote almost 400 pages in terza rima, but it's still not good poetry. The rhymes are either
I enjoyed this book especially because it is unusually written. It is written in verse so it's like a long poem, and it there are some turns of phrases that are really lovely. At times, this mode of writing can make it difficult to understand a paragraph but everything becomes clear eventually, and you get the jist of it. But overall, I think it's a really interesting to read. The novel is about a 17 yr old guy named Edmund Lea who, due to events that become clearer as the book goes on, becomes
Entertaining, and enjoyable: a tale in verse well worth the reading. I was slowing down towards the end to avoid finishing. Then I realised I was also avoiding the end because I expected it to be an anti climax. A skilled writer builds mystery and tension, it takes a genius to resolve them. I'm not sure Maxwell did.So five stars for all that, and the fact it's written in Terza RIma, which is impressive. But then deduct something:1) for the feeling of padding, which is probably a consequence of
funny and incredible use of terza rima, but then 3/4ths of the way through i hit a wall-too repetitive, or too ambitious of a dream sequence..