Book Review. The Great Pretender: Confessions of a Semi – Incorrigible Southern Catholic boy. Robert R Randall. 

THE GREAT PRETENDER –

Confessions of a Semi-Incorrigible Southern Catholic Boy is a comical historical novel, set in the 30/40/50s, and tells the story of a young Johnny Malloy growing into the man that he becomes. It is difficult to not like Johnny, although he is bolshy. You can probably remember somebody like him when you were at school. Yet he also feels misplaced, and is inherently a loner.

This begins with the war and the impression that it left on him, with his family members fighting it. I like his innocence, including one rememberable funny tale with condoms being mistaken for balloons. This also encapsulates education at a religious school, homosexual relatives, sex, sports, the excess of alcohol and racism. As this is a book looking back I like the speech at times is referred to as ‘he might have’ etc. instead of using said for speech. It works better I think.

As for bad points, there are none. This is a five star book. A well written page turner, with characters you care for.

THE GREAT PRETENDER –

Confessions of a Semi-Incorrigible Southern Catholic Boy is an engaging, and raucous coming of age story.

Available on Amazon.co.uk  and free on Kindle Unlimited.

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Author: Idontwearahat.

Katie is a published poet, reader and reviewer.

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