A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

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A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

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Dan, in adulthood, relates the story of his final days in the company of his father, a feckless and unthinking parent who tries to do the right thing but whose selfishness and obduracy turn events from mishaps to disasters and ultimately into tragedy. For the characters a nightmare, for the reader an exciting thriller, now slow, then accelerating, then again fading into a dreary hopeless irreversibility.

Francis is described as being two people; the gentle charmer and the distant, cruel man, his ex-wife describes him as being ‘two-weathers’ and you never quite know which one is closest to the surface. This subject could have been dealt with very differently and a distraction from the main thrust of the story . It's similar in theme to his others, but it possibly the best yet with its tightly crafted plotline and convincing characters.The richly textured narrative is subtle and holds quiet power which entrances, draws you in and before you know it you are in its grip. No one is going to survive this story, and for a while I was sure Dan would be one of those who would perish at his father’s hands.

The build up in the first half of the book had me slightly on edge reading,just waiting for the bad thing to happen. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. As inconsistencies mount up – Francis keeps them in a pub waiting for a contact instead of taking them straight to the studio; the contact is very late; the initial approach to the studio is furtive and, ultimately, unsuccessful – Daniel becomes aware that his father is not just unreliable, but teetering on the brink of something that cannot be walked back from.

A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better came out two years ago and I’ve had his name on my ‘must read’ list since reading the review.

If Wood had let Daniel acknowledge the sheer banality of his father’s evil, it would have made for a stronger book. More of this parallel wouldn’t have gone amiss: the point is that the show is about not just the line between reality and fantasy, but that between fantasy and insanity. Which might well be a recipe for something his mother might have approved of, but it has no basis in Greek drama. Much of the novel is a road trip, with its climax set in the Lake District, highly appropriate backdrops. Because the reader lacks Daniel’s need for love and acceptance from Francis (and is also an adult, not a child), we’ve come to this realisation earlier, but watching Daniel get there is nail-biting.His mother prepares him for disappointment, telling him that “ your father does whatever suits him…. W]ith his third novel, A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better, Wood’s talent has burgeoned spectacularly.

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