Chalk

December 5, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

chalkChalk by Paul Cornell

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Chalk is not an easy read. It’s about bullying, and it’s about perpetuating a cycle of violence. It begins with a shocking, permanent act of violence committed on someone who doesn’t deserve it, and then takes us through a harrowing journey of revenge that doesn’t satisfy.

Chalk is an important read. It’s about bullying, and it’s about perpetuating a cycle of violence. It begins with a shocking, permanent act of violence committed on someone who doesn’t deserve it, and then takes us through a harrowing journey of revenge that doesn’t satisfy.

Chalk is not a book with easy answers. It’s not a book with sympathetic characters. It’s not a comfortable book; instead, it will leave you feeling hollow, worn out, conflicted.

Chalk is a readable book. It’s a compelling book. It draws you in with a flat, emotionless tone that belies its content, making the shock even more impactful. It leaves you with a “Did that really happen?” feeling, which is itself exacerbated by an unreliable narrator.

Chalk is a book you can trust.

Chalk is not for everyone. It’s a tough book, but worth the effort. It’s the literary equivalent of finishing a marathon, or swimming the English Channel. It’s not perfect, but its imperfection makes it even better.

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