Review: Legend of a Suicide by David Vann

Legend of a SuicideI loved the majority of this book. Stripped down, kick-ass, pure leftfield fiction. And story, story, story.

Vann’s prose reminded me at times of Cormac McCarthy, Annie Proulx and Willy Vlautin but even so his style was unique and powerful and the tale packs some awesome shock moments. For three quarters of the book, I was mesmerised – and that doesn’t happen too often these days.

Unfortunately, the sudden change in style, POV and voice in the final parts of the book yanked me right out of the story. It was a disappointing finish to what had been an almost unprecedented adventure if fiction.

I would dearly have loved to give this novel a ‘five star’ rating but, for me, it’s more like four. Regardless, I still think it’s an absolute must read and a milestone in modern storytelling.


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