Thursday, May 14, 2009

Submarine, Joe Dunthorne

Posted by lea at 11:21 PM
Submarine is a classic coming-of-age story about a quirky 15 year old boy. Oliver is deeply preoccupied by his parents' personal lives (he judges their physical intimacy by the dimmer light in their bedroom and attempts to rectify prolonged inactivity by the use of feng shui) and, of course, like any hormone-fuelled teenage male, he's also deeply interested in sex.

Dunthorne makes a few references to Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole, which I found very fitting because Oliver is reminiscent of a slightly more switched-on Adrian. Perhaps because I'm not and never have been a teenage boy, I didn' t quite get this book, but what comes through clearly is the intense desire, inner conflict and self-doubt that mark the teenage years.

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