This is the final part in the Frugality trilogy. On review sites like Amazon and Goodreads, that ask for books to be rated, I keep 5-star reviews for books that I find truly exceptional. I gave this one 5 and, if I could, I’d have given it 10.
The writing style has developed through the trilogy into an extraordinary, free-flowing pouring forth of prose that is frequently poetic. At times I was reminded of Under Milk Wood and Ulysses, but comparisons can’t do it justice. It is unique – not so much a book, more a volcanic eruption of words, ideas and fears with the author as the central character. In a structure I’ve never seen before, the author writes himself into the novel as he joins the characters from the second book in a search for the central character of the first.
What makes it so powerful is not just the content, but the fact that, although this is nominally a novel, it is based on reality. The appalling event that is central to the story, and makes clear earlier events, actually happened.
Through the three books the author has given us hints: little baited hooks to capture us and draw us on. At last we get to that crucial event that explains what lies behind. It is so vividly described that merely reading it is a gut-wrenching, soul-twisting experience.
Of course, this is faction and we don’t know which parts of the rest of the trilogy are based on reality, but it is more than enough to know the truth of that key event. I hope that the experience of writing the books has been sufficiently cathartic to allow the author to come to terms with his past and live with peace of mind.
I bought the book for Kindle from Amazon where print copies are also available. I Woke Up This Morning: FRUGALITY: Book 3