qatsi (qatsi) wrote,

The Lost World

Book Review: Gerontius, by James Hamilton-Paterson
This is the author's first novel, and takes as its subject the voyage made by the recently bereaved Elgar to the Amazon in 1923. I wasn't really sure what to expect; certainly I knew it would be different from the satirical Cooking with Fernet Branca, which I enjoyed. In fact, although this book frequently stirs interest and shows potential, it rarely achieves much (perhaps the same could be said about its protagonist). Certainly it wasn't a book I "couldn't put down", although I wouldn't say I didn't enjoy it. I imagine it might be better as a film - as one of those early twentieth-century costume dramas, it might work quite well, with several minor characters that are probably at least as interesting as Elgar himself.
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