Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Review Day Tuesday- Kimberly's Capital Punishment


Kimberly's Capital Punishment- Richard Milward

This book is quite possibly the weirdest thing I have ever read. It's the story of Kimberly Clark, who tires of stuttering boyfriend, Stevie, and so takes it upon herself to treat him as cruelly as possible so as to make him want to dump her. To Kimberly's horror, the treatment actually leads to Stevie's suicide.

Kimberly's attempts at redemption lead her to some scary, and sometimes down-right disgusting situations. Finally, she dies....


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Except that's not the end. There are several options given to the reader as to what happens to Kimberly next. They are all bizarre and confusing, and the final one is extraordinarily vile.

The story is hilarious in a dark and honest kind of way. Milward goes where most authors wouldn't dare to venture, and in doing so, he creates an extraordinary tale about a rather damaged woman.

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On the other hand, the second half is just so messed up: the story wants to end, but Mr. Milward just couldn't stop. And yet, despite my frustration at the ridiculousness of the words, I just couldn't stop reading.

So, whilst the crude nature of the novel means that it is definitely not for the faint-hearted, and have come to the conclusion that it may actually be a work of genius. It makes no sense, and everything about it makes you want to put the book down, but you just can't. For that reason, it is well worth a read.


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