Survivor, genius, critic. Murderer. Meet Benjamin Davids White, blessed since his infancy with an extraordinary gift: to understand humour at its deepest level. Yet Benjamin is cursed, too: in all his life, he has never laughed or smiled. At the height of his profession as a comedy critic, yet lacking any kind of human empathy, Benjamin discovers a formula that will allow him to construct the most powerful joke the world has ever known. A joke that has the power to kill....
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sneaky in it's appeal
dark twisted delight
has to be benjamin - even though he is utterly despicable at times, his pain and inherent loneliness and humanism are illustrated perfectly.Kane paints a truly 3d pictureof his protagonist
I've seen Russell live quite a few times. At the start of listening to the novel I was horrified by how flat and dull he sounded. I was concerned he was "tying too hard" to sound intellectual or serious and literary. However, as the story developed, the style he has adopted rapidly feels essential and helps with the understanding of white's character
as i mentioned earlier, at the start of listening I was concerned i wasn't going to enjoy it and found both the story and narration quite hard to get into. i don't know exactly when that changed, but i do know that i suddenly realised i was completely hooked and could not stop listening.
The linguistic skills of Russell Kane are perfectly demonstrated in this novel. I felt some of the sentences of description, the repetitive frenetic need to hammer his point home resulted in some truly magical moments.