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on May 26, 2011 :
They say you should only write about things you know.
Presumably this means things you know from personal experience or things you have researched fairly deeply.
The author of “Centre Circle” certainly knows his subject and has an impressive talent for revealing, with absolute realism, what goes on in the mind of a victim of addiction. He pulls no punches.
By means of a long monologue, it could make a good one-man play, he reveals the denial, the cunning, the deviousness, the heartbreak, the self loathing and the long, emotionally searing journey to the point where all pretence falls away and he is left seeing himself for what and where he is.
The story ends on a hopeful note but the reader is left hanging on the slender threads of that hope.
He has a beautiful talent for the colourful and apt phrase. Of a fellow alcoholic who recovers he says “No one ever thought he’d …make it to the other side of the street. “
“Santa” brings a sudden, unexpected laugh.
But it’s a grim story and a good read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)