When there’s grim news to give, delivering it like Isherwood’s portrait of 1930’s Berlin would be no bad thing.
James Sallis’ Drive is hard-boiled noir meets literary fiction. Like the tagline on my movie tie-in edition – “Get in. Get out. Get Away.” – this is a lean and intriguing read.
Not only does Charlie and the Chocolate Factory have very biblical undertones, but the odds are stacked in Charlie’s favour from the start: he was ALWAYS going to win.
Spark subverts the romantic adventure, in which boy must pursue girl and win her round through persistence.