Little Monsters

Little Monsters PDF Ð Hardcover
    Little Monsters PDF Ð Hardcover of what it s like to experience the unthinkable and what happens next Charles Lambert is a seriously good writer Beryl Bainbridge Sharp like sherbet, poignant and gripping Griff Rhys Jones With exquisitely tender writing and quiet authority, Little Monsters is a powerful debut Jill Dawson."/>
  • Hardcover
  • Little Monsters
  • Charles Lambert
  • English
  • 24 April 2019
  • 0330450360

About the Author: Charles Lambert

Charles Lambert was born in the United Kingdom but has lived in Italy for most of his adult life His most recent novel is Prodigal His previous novel, The Children s Home, was described by Kirkus Reviews as a one of a kind literary horror story , while Two Dark Tales, published in October , continues to disturb Earlier books include three novels, a collection of prize winning short stories and a memoir, With a Zero at its Heart, selected by the Guardian as one of its top ten books from .


Little Monsters☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Little Monsters By Charles Lambert ❤ – Johndore.co.uk When I was thirteen my father killed my mother How do you recover from something like that Carol never quite does Sent to live with her aunt, who barely tolerates her presence, Carol is grief stricken When I was thirteen my father killed my mother How do you recover from something like that Carol never quite does Sent to live with her aunt, who barely tolerates her presence, Carol is grief stricken, and all too aware she s not wanted Desperate for love, but unable to ask for it, she nonetheless and almost despite herself finds it where she least expected Her Uncle Joey is the only one to notice her when she s a teenager years later, he s also the man with whom she builds a home and a life But when Carol helps to rescue a young refugee from the sea, that life suddenly threatens to unravel, just as surely as it did when she was thirteenWritten in tight, spare prose, Little Monsters is a novel of creation, redemption and obsession it s also the story of what it s like to experience the unthinkable and what happens next Charles Lambert is a seriously good writer Beryl Bainbridge Sharp like sherbet, poignant and gripping Griff Rhys Jones With exquisitely tender writing and quiet authority, Little Monsters is a powerful debut Jill Dawson.

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10 thoughts on “Little Monsters

  1. Kay says:

    I have a particular yen for reading books about one place when I m in another, very different one I read The God of Small Things in Rekjavik, and The Bear Comes Home in Kerala I refused to read Roy s book while I was in her home state and it was a wise choice, revisiting Kerala through her words was magical, interpreting it via her narrative would have warped my view of an already puzzling and beautiful environment and culture , Middlemarch beguiled me in Melbourne and I kept Dirt Music I have a particular yen for reading books about one place when I m in another, very different one I read The God of Small Things in Rekjavik, and The Bear Comes Home in Kerala I refused to read Roy s book while I was in her home state and it was a wise choice, revisiting Kerala through her words was magical, interpreting it via her narrative would have warped my view of an already puzzling and beautiful environment and culture , Middlemarch beguiled me in Melbourne and I kept Dirt Music to read in Swindon and can you blame me All this is a meandering way of saying that the books I ve read in Rome were Hannibal yeah, the Thomas Harris one, not some scholarly tome on the Alp crossing elephant owner, so sue me for my vulgarity set in Florence and Vargas s The Storyteller, set in South America So where did I read Little Monsters, the subject of today s review interview In the Scottish Highlands And where is it set Rome and Buxton in the Peak District It wasn t planned that way in fact, due to a technical error my first copy was taken away from me and replaced, but that s how it worked out and the synchronicity of it all pleases me greatly.As did the novel I like doing some of the work myself I applaud an author who trusts me to give my attention and rewards me by allowing me to fill in some shadowy corners for myself I enjoy novels with complicated and less than perfect characters, and I am fond of stories where the environment shapes the action, as it does in Little Monsters, both in the early story where air and flight predominate and the later one where the coast both creates and constrains the narrative This isn t a light book, either in scope or technique, there are moments of profound bleakness which will resonate with anybody who has had a troubled adolescence, but there are also flashes of honest feeling which never fall into the trap of the simple label love, affection, trust, dependency but which contain delicately nuanced emotions that show how long established relationships create such blended feelings, and how it is never wise to judge others by surface impressions There is great assurance in the way the narrative moves through strong and painful situations I think assurance is one of the gifts a good novelist gives the reader like a concert violinist taking to the stage with confidence, assurance allows the audience to relax, knowing that the leader in this journey is sure about where we are heading Where we end up is a different matter, and I suspect Little Monsters may will surprise readers, although there is not a single twist in the plot, it has a psychological suspense to it, reminiscent to this reader of Henry James Dear reader, I recommend it to you

  2. Alan says:

    There are things about this book that made me want to give it three stars despite the very fine writing e.g the situation was maybe too familiar the orphaned girl who goes to live with a bad relative with a favoured but stupid son there were odd jumps in the plot, we never learn for example, how Uncle Joey became Jozef the lover companion in later life or much about the narrator s murderous father massive events eg Jozef s WW2 past done in a paragraph However the story is complica There are things about this book that made me want to give it three stars despite the very fine writing e.g the situation was maybe too familiar the orphaned girl who goes to live with a bad relative with a favoured but stupid son there were odd jumps in the plot, we never learn for example, how Uncle Joey became Jozef the lover companion in later life or much about the narrator s murderous father massive events eg Jozef s WW2 past done in a paragraph However the story is complicated and improved by a current day well 90s perspective interweaving another story about a rejected girl, a refugee in Italy, and the gaps become intriguing 50s 60s Britain is also beautifully evoked the schoolrooms and the pub The steady power of the writing, observant and thoughtful, and the fact that several days later I m still thinking about it and am left with several strong images the glider incident, the rash on her legs, Aunt Margot, the art installation, the refugee s entry by sea makes me go for four

  3. John says:

    Mellifluous prose, patient dementia, remorse and recrimination all the stuff that keeps you up late Reading, ruminating.

  4. sisterimapoet says:

    A very gentle and beguiling read It had a distinctly feminine touch, despite being written by a man with a moustache The way we were introduced to the characters felt very natural, very life like,akin to the way you get to know a person in the flesh than through the pages of a book You didn t know everything straight away and didn t learn it in a linear way, they gave you bits of themselves when they were ready.I liked the two halves of the story, the past the present, the England, the I A very gentle and beguiling read It had a distinctly feminine touch, despite being written by a man with a moustache The way we were introduced to the characters felt very natural, very life like,akin to the way you get to know a person in the flesh than through the pages of a book You didn t know everything straight away and didn t learn it in a linear way, they gave you bits of themselves when they were ready.I liked the two halves of the story, the past the present, the England, the Italy, but I found shifting between them a little awkward, like I was displaced, I didn t really know how I had come from one to the other, I felt unsettled, but perhaps that was intentional.Lambert writes well about women, and especially younger ones And he introduces striking images that won t leave me in a hurry I m keen to check out his short story collection

  5. carelessdestiny says:

    This very strange and elaborate version of the wicked stepmother tale is totally engrossing He s created a whole lot of characters that are really unpleasant and chillingly calculating in a very ordinary way, with a plot that moves unpredictably and swiftly It s very readable.

  6. Elizabeth Baines says:

    I loved this novel compassionate, moving and not the kind of novel you forget in a hurry See my blog review I loved this novel compassionate, moving and not the kind of novel you forget in a hurry See my blog review

  7. Tanya says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Sorry Charles if you happen to read this, i noticed you rated it yourself and are a goodreads user but i can only give the book 2 stars At first i thought i had picked up a book aimed at young adults but read on anyway.I think the story had some potential but was very disjointed I liked the way the past and present were presented but felt there were parts of the story that seemed superfluous Carol s relationship with Richie to name one.There was never really an explanation as to why Joey a Sorry Charles if you happen to read this, i noticed you rated it yourself and are a goodreads user but i can only give the book 2 stars At first i thought i had picked up a book aimed at young adults but read on anyway.I think the story had some potential but was very disjointed I liked the way the past and present were presented but felt there were parts of the story that seemed superfluous Carol s relationship with Richie to name one.There was never really an explanation as to why Joey and Carol moved to Italy It left me asking questions as to why some things were even included in the book at all It seemed to me that things just happened in the book without ever really being explained why she ended up with her uncle for example.I didnt hate the book i just thought there was too many characters and too little explanation in what was a brief story I felt like some of the story was a bit weak.Anyway i am no literary scholar but i know what i like to read and this isnt it

  8. Fatima (drinkbooks) says:

    I didn t really know what to think of this novel It sort of left me with this empty feeling Plus it was rather disturbing in parts I never really understood the main character Didn t know what she wanted, why she did things Also, the changing between past and present happened out of nowhere and quite far into the book, which just deepened my confusion It was well written but it just didn t give me any sort of emotions I didn t laugh or cry I did wonder a little about where the story woul I didn t really know what to think of this novel It sort of left me with this empty feeling Plus it was rather disturbing in parts I never really understood the main character Didn t know what she wanted, why she did things Also, the changing between past and present happened out of nowhere and quite far into the book, which just deepened my confusion It was well written but it just didn t give me any sort of emotions I didn t laugh or cry I did wonder a little about where the story would lead and end But then I found that I was unsatisfied with the way it turned out, sort of incomplete Not the most enjoyable reading experience and I probably wouldn t recommend it to anyone I think it just wasn t my cup of tea

  9. Colette Cooper says:

    I enjoyed the story unfolding but feel it was left unfinished It was like the author had to rush the end or keep to a certain word count so just crammed everything in Most frustrating, but good story

  10. Jodell says:

    As a former foster child, I m speechless for this author had me pegged from the start How could he know those things that I went through as a man first of all, and as someone, I don t know How I could not ask for basic necessities for being ashamed, afraid, alone For feeling different and not belonging where I was and not being wanted For feeling grateful for every scrap of affection or attention good or bad that I mistakenly received And how could the author know that as we grow older us f As a former foster child, I m speechless for this author had me pegged from the start How could he know those things that I went through as a man first of all, and as someone, I don t know How I could not ask for basic necessities for being ashamed, afraid, alone For feeling different and not belonging where I was and not being wanted For feeling grateful for every scrap of affection or attention good or bad that I mistakenly received And how could the author know that as we grow older us former Foster s that we want so bad to rescue and save children that may have just a glimmer, or reflection, or representation in them that might have been in us as lost children As if we could save our own selves as children if we could only save them We are determined as Carol and Joseph to save that glimmer we see we desperately cling to the saving Even if they don t want to be saved It reminds me of a quote I related to at a young age by Carl Jung As a child, I felt myself to be alone, and I am still because I know of things and must hint of things which others know nothing of and for the most part do not want to know You never really recover but you do become a survivor