This is a depressing debut-novel, but a very well written one and I read it avidly.
It's hard to say that I enjoyed reading Lewis' story of physical and emotional isolation. Every page is pessimistic and weighs you down, but the ending left me with the feeling that hope and possibility of change are something to always strive for.
Fabulous first novel set in England in the 1940s and 1950s, which I found very moving.
The storyline as per the exclusive Amazon.co.uk interview with Sadie Jones: "The Outcast is about a boy called Lewis - his childhood and adolescence – as he grows up in the stultifying world of the home counties in the late forties and fifties. It is an everyday tale of drunkenness, violence and a fair amount of sex, set amongst the well-brought-up professional classes. It is also a love story."
Lewis believes he is a broken person. However, is it really him or everyone around him in his village?...Continua