#BookReview SNOW,DOG, FOOT by CLAUDIO MORANDINI

ABOUT THE BOOK

When winter comes, man and dog are snowed in. With stocks of wine and bread depleted, they pass the time squabbling over scraps, debating who will eat the other first. Spring brings a more sinister discovery that threatens to break Adelmo Farandola’s already faltering grip on reality: a man’s foot poking out of the receding snow.

PUBLISHED BY  PEIRENE PRESS

PEIRENE #31

PUBLICATION DATE – 15TH FEBRUARY 2020

PRE-ORDER LINKS

Publisher Website  £12

Amazon £12

MY REVIEW

Adelmo is a man after my own heart – he doesn’t like people and prefers to spend his life living alone out of the way in the mountains, roaming the valleys and venturing into town only when he needs supplies. He seems to find comfort in the solitude, but sometimes being alone so much plays games on your mind and that is what is explored brilliantly, and beautifully in this book.

I didn’t quite know what to make of this book from the start but the more time you spend with Adelmo, then the more you get to understand his ways. But the more time you spend in his presence, the more you realise his mind isn’t quite coping with life – he is forgetting about trips he’s made to the town or people he has spoken to, and resents the fact that a ranger keeps an eye on him as he sees it as interfering and just wants to be left alone.

The only friendship he seems to allow is with a dog who starts hanging around him, and won’t be scared off and it was really quite touching to see moments shared between them – they really form a sweet bond and he begins to feel quite settled having him around. He doesn’t feel threatened by the dog as he seems to do with people. To him, the things happening seem so real so when he meets people who recount the story differently, he feels extremely threatened and scared by their recollection.

I loved how it explores the fragility of the mind, set in spectacular surroundings, and the language used was just the perfect pitch of showing how loneliness can take its’ toll – it’s dark, touching, tragic, funny and heartbreaking and for a book of only 120 pages it really packs a punch and will stay with me for quite some time.

★★★★

#MusicMonday Dave by Missing Andy

A new month, a new Monday! So that means music! Hosted by Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek, the Music Monday tag allows you to share a song/video you love!

I’ve chosen a local Essex band today who I learnt about from the old Sky One show MUST BE THE MUSIC, in which they came second. This is the song ‘Dave’ taken from their album Generation Silenced. And I love them!!

I’m Dirty Suzanna
I’ve got problems with grammar
So boy where’s your manners
Come buy me a slammer
She said how you doing
Welcome to Canning Town
I ain’t got much money
And I talk real funny
Now let me in the back of your van
Now I’ve had a couple of drinks
But you look a bit of alright
And I put your band sticker on me Primark knickers
And I think that might have broken the ice
She told me her brother was a thief
Her dad got nicked for knocking out a coppers teeth
Her mum stayed home washing all the pots and pans
And when her old man came home he knocked her round
And she told me her mother was on meph
Her daddy used to run with the ICF
I like getting out now then to catch a breath and meet a bloke or two
And that’s when she said
I’m dirty Suzanna
I’ve got problems with grammar
Some say it’s my stammer
But it’s not, not my fault
So boy where’s your manners
Come buy me a slammer
And you’ll get laid
And I will call you Dave
Yeah, I will call you Dave
Even though your name is Steve
She said that her last fella
He was a proper upmarket guy
Said he took her to the races
And all the nice places like Nandos and TGI
She reached for her sambucca
As I notice her tattoo
It was a love heart with Steve
It was written down her sleeve
Yeah my last bloke was called Dave too
She told me she struggled with her speech
And ducked a lot of school to go hang out on the street
She tried so hard even spoken therapy
No matter what she tried said they never worked for me
She told me she never had no friends
But made a few acquaintances’ by opening her legs
I think you and me we could probably go the length and have a sprog or two
And that’s when she said
I’m dirty Suzanna
I’ve got problems with grammar
Some say it’s my stammer
But it’s not, not my fault
So boy where’s your manners
Come buy me a slammer
And you’ll get laid
And I will call you Dave
Yeah, I will call you Dave
Even though your name is Steve
Oooo ooo Suzanna, Oooo ooo Suzanna
She said lets go out
Lets go out to the cinema
There’s a Vue in Beckton or Dagenham
And it really ain’t that far
You can bring the big van
I’ll bring the condoms and we can
**** all through the night
That’s why they call me dirty Suzanne
And if I should have a baby
We’ll get a council flat
Or maybe get a council house
Nah, you need three kids for that
You can take me shopping to Lakeside if we’re flash
And we’ll have all we need
Child Benefits and cash
I’m dirty Suzanna
I’ve got problems with grammar
Some say it’s my stammer
But it’s not, not my fault
I’m dirty Suzanna
I’ve got problems with grammar
Some say it’s my stammer
But it’s not, not my fault
So boy where’s your manners
Come buy me a slammer
And you’ll get laid
And I will call you Dave
Yeah, I will call you Dave
Even though your name is…… Steve