Treacle Walker | Alan Garner

Not worth rag nor bone

This extremely short novella has been compared to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. I didn't enjoy Alice, so I don't know what moved me to give this a try. As was to be expected I did not like this either.

The characters in Treacle Walker all are peculiar and quirky, but always in ways completely devoid of depth or intelligence. Similarly the plot is wacky and dreamlike following its own child-like logic.

Other reviews applaud this “fariytale fashion” and find “more ideas and imagination than most authors manage in their whole careers”, but I was missing anything to grab me, neither characters, nor world, nor plot, nor prose were giving me a reason to care and before long (two hours) it was all over.

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