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The Whale Tattoo

The Whale Tattoo

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It is disjointed, fragmented, concise, yet filled with keenly discernible as well as contradictory images and phrases. Soon, the love that they each have in their lives overflows into hate that may very well destroy them. he felt like a real three-dimensional person, and his struggles, with his sexuality and together with the grief, following the loss of his mother in the flood felt very real. Because of this, local residents think the fields are cursed and respond by acts of hooliganism towards the property. The book has a rather charming way of story telling, that at first was a little hard (perhaps to do with the linebreaking on the preview copy!

It seems an odd stylistic choice and now I’m very aware that Paul Murray’s “ The Bee Sting” also saw the author making odd choices and that ended up as my current Book Of The Year but here I’m just puzzled. The subject matter means it's never a particularly easy read, but it is a fairly quick one which gratifyingly ends (spoiler alert!From one of the most acclaimed debut novelists of 2022 author of the Polari Prize short listed The Whale Tattoo. The plot was often a little predictable, but there is a great voice in the main protagonist that perfectly captures the feeling of life in a small UK coastal town. None of the story’s elements can be considered gratuitous, none can turn the reader away from its pages. What had really appealed to me when I first heard about the book was that it was offering a spread in time and would move forward thirty years to London at the time of AIDS. Short phrases that I think were attempting to evoke some form of deep intellectual thinking, but in fact, just perturbed me.

Notably, the mimetic, lyrical quality of its prose which echoes the bodies of water so central to the The Whale Tattoo’s plot; writing of occasional “ball-aching” beauty (as will become clear if you give this a go), which for all its fluidity, can’t much help the novel feel more than a bit one-note and flat. There is no real structure to the chapters and it floats from one event to the other never really landing on an event and describing it in any great detail leading to me not really caring about the characters or their stories. Ransom's fractured, distinctive prose highlights the beauty and brutality of his story, his extraordinarily vivid sense of place saturates the reader with the wet of the river, and the salty tang of the heaving sea. An astounding debut by an important new voice in queer literature with a completely unique sense of language.They are all tethered to each other in one way or another and the messy revelations throughout the story propel the narrative deeper and deeper into a cesspool of allegiance, grief and vengeance. His sister, Birdee, has taken up with a one-armed former soldier, and Joe rekindles the relationship he had with another youth, Tim Fysh, a local fisherman—a relationship which is both loving and essential to both of the young men, but brutal at times. The writing balances wistful beauty with ugly truths and spins a tangled web of jealousy, small town secrets and the power of grief to consume you along with everyone around you. Jon Ransom won the Polari First Novel Prize for his debut “ The Whale Tattoo” (2022) which I really enjoyed giving it four stars and describing it as “ dark, raw and relentlessly gritty. Chelsea Clinton (2018 Event) From Harriet Tubman to Oprah Winfrey, plenty of tenacious women have fought for freedom in America.

It’s 4 stars rather than 5 because I didn’t quite feel enough connection to the characters or the story to get lost in it, which is my personal mark of a top tier read.It isn’t a very long section but it does not work as far as I am concerned and I couldn’t see its relevance. Kit de Waal: Scenes from an Unpredictable Childhood Kit de Waal’s influence across contemporary British literature is so broad as to be almost immeasurable. That restlessness that keeps you up all night, when the moon is as bright as a dinner plate licked clean, won’t last for ever.

Finishing THE WHALE TATTOO, readers are likely to close the cover, sit and wonder, basking in the presence of having had a unique reading experience.

The ‘river’ sequences felt silly at first, but as the book went on it was like taking a dip into Joe’s psyche. Jon Ransom is exploring the nature of grief, of identity, of memory and family relationship in The Whale Tattoo in the most innovative and convincing ways. Queerness, poverty, mental health, class and redemption all jostle cheek by jowl against a filthy beautiful landscape of edges and erosion. I was interested to see where Eli's story would lead to - 'born with a fondness for pretty things, keeping my fingernails clean, hair combed. Having stormed out of home two years ago, Joe knows he has to go back, even though it won’t be easy.



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