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Reviewed: “Against the Country” by Ben Metcalf

Against the CountryI started this book twice.

I gave up on this book twice.

The third time will not be the charm because there will not be a third time.

Ben Metcalf’s “Against the Country” is just not for me.

It’s rambling, wordy, often overblown descriptions of every detail of the narrator’s life and the world around him is not well-balanced with the total lack of dialogue – at least through the first third of the story, at which point I gave up for good. The story, as it were, is heavy on violence (child on child, parent on child, parent on parent, etc.), drug and alcohol abuse (you just don’t fit in the story if you’re not down with it), sexuality (this is actually the least mentioned thing, which surprised me – although the narrator is still a child where I quit), and racism (seriously everyone is a racist).

All of this may well be true about the part of country and the time the author is writing about. The bits just don’t come together well enough for to get into the story.

“Against the Country” is available for purchase now.

(I received a copy of “Against the Country” through NetGalley in exchange for an honest & original review. This review will be cross-posted at NetGalley, Goodreads, and on my blog.)

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An English diarist and naval administrator. I served as administrator of the Royal Navy and Member of Parliament. I had no maritime experience, but I rose to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under both King Charles II and King James II through patronage, diligence, and my talent for administration.


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