Review: Game

Game by Trevor Shearston

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Based on the real-life last days of bushranger Ben Hall, ‘Game’ has an opportunity to give us an insight into the mindset of a man who turns his back on a seemingly average life to live his final years as a hunted outlaw. However, the novel is hamstrung by its obvious need to adhere to recorded history and so fails to deliver any consistent underlying thematic thread. Some of the writing is surprisingly awkward and clumsy at the line length, the dialogue is littered with affectations and comes across as stagey and unnatural, and without a strong narrative direction, all the reader is left with is the story of three unlikeable idiots riding around in circles.

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