At first, I thought I'd just started a very poorly edited book that was missing substantial punctuation. I soon realised that this wasn't the case and it had been deliberately written that way. Once I got my head around that, I relaxed and started to absorb the story and what a story! It's certainly not a book you'd read if you want something light and happy - it's exactly the opposite...dark, heavy and depressing. However, it is brilliantly written. The language creates a scene so vivid that you can't help but become part of it. I had to continue reading to find out what would happen to the father and son and to be drip fed bits of the past that rounded out the story. I am really glad I read this but I did follow it up with Bridget Jone's Diary for some light relief!