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Par Lance

Par Lance is where I come to talk with my friends, mainly to discuss books. 

Par can mean at face value,and Lance is just me.


From the Oxford English Dictionary:

Parlance /'pa:l(Ə)ns/

noun [mass noun] a particular way of speaking or using words, especially a way common to those with a particular job or interest: dated terms that were once in common parlance | medical parlance.

origin late 16th cent. (denoting speech or debate): from Old French, from parler 'speak', from Latin parabola 'comparison' (in late Latin 'speech').

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Sorry - Zoran Drvenkar Have you ever felt sympathy for a murderer?

What? Never?

Do you really believe that it would be impossible for you generate such feelings?

Well, read Sorry and you may change your mind!

Don't get me wrong. This story is dark, and sinister, and horrific. But it certainly challenged my own vIews and values.

Initially, the narration is confusing. The chapters flip between the main characters of the book. The narration also flips from first person singular to third person singular and back again, and then into second person from time to time. It is a little creepy and disconcerting to be on the receiving end of "you", especially when the character in question is one of the darkest in the book!

Eventually, one gets used to the style, and it works really well. However, throughout the book, I was wondering who the he, she or you of each chapter was referring too. But that is part of the mystery and excitement of the story.

The tension builds throughout. There are some horrific, horrible scenes. You can't afford to be squeamish when you read Sorry, that's for sure!

Some of the sentence construction irritated me, and there were often commas when there should have been periods (or full stops).

I found it difficult to decide whether this book merits 3 or 4 stars, but plumped for four in the end.

I would recommend it to friends who like a good thriller, but only to those who are likely to persevere through the initially confusing chapters.