A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

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A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

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Throughout the novel that series, The Artifex, unfolds in fragments, via passing allusions and shared and private memories, with the audiobook playing constantly in the car tapedeck. As his story unfolds, you don't really find the suspense that is promised on the cover, but more of a sadness for him. Even with 12-year-old Daniel’s limited interaction with his father, he knows not to set his expectations too high. but in agreement with one of the other reviewers I saw nothing beneficial from the Artifex sections .

How he went on a road trip with his father, Francis, a journey that had a really rather shocking end and one that has haunted him into his present.What can possibly go wrong when you dad shows up promising to take you on a trip to the set of the TV series he's working on?

The last third is somewhat of a let down after all the tension that the author has achieved and the passages from the Artifex show are overdone, adding nothing at all.But Fran promised Daniel that he'd take him to Leeds, where he worked as a set carpenter on the children's TV series The Artifex, with which Daniel was obsessed. For twenty years, Daniel Hardesty has borne the emotional scars of a childhood trauma which he is powerless to undo, which leaves him no peace. There were other plot choices that I felt hadn’t been made the most of - for example, scattered throughout the story were excerpts from a children’s book, and whilst they had a literal place in the plot, I hoped the author would make more of them - there are some core similarities between our narrator’s story and that of this other book, but I hoped that would be explored in more detail - instead, it seemed to suddenly cut off towards the end, as though the author wasn’t entirely sure what to do with that strand.

One August morning in 1995, the young Daniel and his estranged father Francis – a character of ‘two weathers’, of irresistible charm and roiling self-pity – set out on a road trip to the North that seems to represent a chance to salvage their relationship. Wood effectively creates a manipulative, shitty ex-husband and self-centered absentee father in Francis Hardesty; the opening pages, where he arrives to collect Daniel for a road trip whose purpose is, for a while, unclear, cement his unreliability in our minds.We know that something bad is coming, we don’t know what and we don’t know how, we just have to strap in and follow along. It felt a little strange dealing with a climactic scene well before the end of the book and the latter part felt a little jarred even though it was also quite interesting.

In his early forties, he’s moved from the north-west of England to the south-east, where he lives with his family. In the latter stages of the novel, Daniel is an adult, obsessively trying to reconstruct those dramatic events from memory, witness statements, and video evidence. I imagined it would be about a twelve-year-old boys assent into manhood, where he learnt the facts of growing up when he took a trip in1995 with his estranged father.All I know is, from the moment I was old enough to recognise his absence, my father had the most peculiar hold on me.

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