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    Son of a certain woman

    Very well written. An interesting read.
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    Very slow and boring..

    I am a huge fan of Wayne Johnston so looked forward to reading his new book. I tried to get to fifty percent with the hope that it improved. I am disappointed to say that it didn't. Good luck to others.
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    The Son of a. Certain Woman

    Not what I thought it would be. Just a story, not really inventive. I thought there would be more to his torment.
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    I found this book rather dull. It took me a while to get into; somehow I just couldn't buy a classroom of 5-year-olds calling each other "n*gger lips", or an eight year old boy having frank discussions with his mother about her sex life. The book contains a lot of detail: of St. John's, of churches, of people, but little action or movement. The first half of the book only kept me reading to find out if the main character will ever get laid or see his mother naked (his main preoccupation throughout the whole book). The second half gets a little more interesting with Brother McHugh, head of Percy's school, trying to mess up Percy's family life, but then things get bogged down in church-related matters and the books driving question becomes, Will Percy get baptized? To which I answer, who the hell cares? I'll admit I skimmed through portions of the book since Johnston's writing style didn't grab me, his humour was not all that humourous, and his characters not too believable. It struck me overall as a second-rate John Irving story, without the charm. On a side note I wasn't shocked or offended by the mother-love theme. I've read books that have dealt with more shocking subjects after all. I guess I though the theme was treated a little too casually. Also, this book really makes you want to go out and punch a priest in the face. If you didn't have a high opinion of the Catholic church before, this book will do little to change your mind.
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    I thought this book was funny, entertaining and well written! Looking forward to reading another of Wayne Johnston's books.
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