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SOMEPLACE NORTH OF HERE 
by C.H. Lowe


Mark Twain once said: “The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say.” This quote is probably the most appropriate to describe my feelings after reading the novel by C.H. Lowe “Someplace North of Here”.

To make a comment like this about a book I just read is not necessarily a bad thing. And I wouldn’t say that if I didn’t see potential in the story that C.H. Lowe presented to us. There are several things that caught my attention. The story-line of this “search for identity” novel is broken up and sometimes confusing. The development of characters was uneven and didn’t follow the development of the plot. However, the writing style of the narrations, descriptions, and dialogs improves as the story goes, and the pace gets faster (and much better) in the second part of the book. As a matter of fact, it gets quite enjoyable. It feels like the author had a hard time starting and developing his story, but then he manages to “pick up the speed” halfway through.

On other hand, there are many good things to be said. The author’s wit and the sense of humor is obvious and there are quite a few scenes that will bring smile to the reader’s face and make a pleasant read. Life dilemmas that the characters are facing are real and believable. The Geordie Slang that was utilized in some dialogs makes a colorful impression and it is amusing. As the main character goes through the ups and downs of everyday life trying to find his true purpose and “the real sense of self”, he touches and changes other people’s lives, who in turn affect his own destiny. Those who grew up in multi-cultural societies will recognize and possibly identify with many issues C.H. Lowe’s characters are fighting through. In short, an interesting life story worthy reading.

Review by Stevan V. Nikolic

Kindle Edition, 202 pages
Published May 13th 2013    
Original title: Geordie Boyo
Edition language: English

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