Book Reviews

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Friday, 25 March 2011

Obstacles to Young Love - David Nobbs

This is a lovely, bittersweet, witty comedy romance story, charting the rather bumpy course of love and life of two young teenage lovers, Timothy and Naomi, with some clever lines that made me smile and sometimes laugh out loud, and some sad episodes. The characters are amiable and well-rounded, and I came to really care for them, to agonise about their decisions, cheer and groan with them, and to want to tell them what to do at times to be happy! The story deals with eternal human themes of love and loss and finding the true path in one's life and love through trial and error. Timothy follows his father into his taxidermy business - you will learn a little about this through the course of the novel! And Naomi desires to be a successful actress but finds herself in some rather dubious roles in tv sitcoms. (though very amusing for the reader!)
There are well-portrayed and developed relationships between Timothy and his father, and between Naomi and her siblings and parents. It is not simply a tale of these two main characters but of the lives and influence of those around them too. This was a very enjoyable read. 

There are several comic moments and some classic episodes in the novel. It is both an entertaining and moving read.


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