Sunday, May 20, 2012

Review of the Bottomless River, by Anthony J Langford.

The Bottomless River begins in a small town in rural Victoria in Australia. Three mates, Tom, Jen and the male point of view character, regularly get together at a river bank for harmless fun and banter. But their innocent world changes one night when they get drunk. The main character cannot forgive himself for what he has done.   

The Bottomless River surprised me with the quality of both its writing and story.  It has an emotional punch thrown by believable characters. Their dialogue is as natural as the river the teenagers meet by, echoing the voices of people I grew up with.
The novella’s author, Anthony J Langford, comes up with plenty of original similes as he explores guilt and regret. The main character’s inner turmoil seemed so realistic that I thought the writer had to be writing from experience.

To get the full impact of the novella I recommend reading it in one go.


Anthony J. Langford said...

Thank you Graham. I'm honoured that you would review my book. I'm so glad (and relieved) that you liked it.


Graham Clements said...

I am glad and relieved I thought it was very good too. I hate writing negative reviews of books, but will do it if I don't like aspects of a book. It is so much more enjoyable to read and review a well written story, like yours.

Anthony J. Langford said...

I know your honest. That's why it means a lot. Thanks. I will promote your review if that's ok.