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eBook Choke Chain download

by Jason Donald

eBook Choke Chain download ISBN: 0224087185
Author: Jason Donald
Publisher: Jonathan Cape; First Edition edition (March 16, 2009)
Language: English
Pages: 256
ePub: 1747 kb
Fb2: 1805 kb
Rating: 4.3
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary

Jason Donald was born in Dundee and grew up in Pretoria He studied English Literature and Philosophy at St. .As I couldn't find "Choke Chain" by Jason Donald in any bookstore, I gather it must have sold beautifully before it was out of stock and went out of print. So I looked for on my Kindle.

Jason Donald was born in Dundee and grew up in Pretoria He studied English Literature and Philosophy at St. Andrews University and, in 2005, graduated from Glasgow University's Creative Writing Masters Degree programme with distinction. I purchased it - and haven't loved a book as much as this one in a very long time.

Author Jason Donald speaks to Scottish Book Trust about his acclaimed first novel, Choke Chain.

Choke Chain completely and triumphantly defines its own territory - the novel's restraint concealing its building . As I couldn't find "Choke Chain" by Jason Donald in any bookstore, I gather it must have sold beautifully before it was out of stock and went out of print

Choke Chain completely and triumphantly defines its own territory - the novel's restraint concealing its building power and its huge compassion. His writing is clear and ungilded as he captures the experience of growing up under big African skies, and shows us Alex's world in all its freshness and promise.

An extraordinary first novel. It is an astonishing tale of the impact of fatherhood, and brutality on the transition to manhood - a powerfully written story of a young boy growing up. It shows that there are all kinds of ways in which children can be abused, and that psychological abuse impacts on the rest of our lives. Not for the fainthearted, even though the harrowing finish shows that there is still hope. Find similar books Profile.

This is Jason Donald's first novel. A few days by the sea become an enormous adventure. Back home, the vicissitudes of school become intensified by the instability of Alex's home situation

Choke Chain - Jason Donald. Although he admits his own father is ‘a difficult man’ who he hasn’t seen for six years now, Donald says the book is fictional – sewn together from memories of his basketball coach, other kid’s dads, or people he saw in the street.

Choke Chain - Jason Donald. Before being published, it had already received praise from the author Janice Galloway, won him a Scottish Variety Award nomination and secured him Scottish Arts Council funding for his second novel.

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Set in a dirt-poor, white neighbourhood in 1980s South Africa, Choke Chain exposes the rotten, insidious patterns of fathering that most societies still ignore.

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Alex is twelve, and he lives with his younger brother and his parents in a dirt-poor white neighbourhood in 1980s South Africa. Watching quietly as their mother diminishes in the black light of her husband, they learn that not all adults are right and true - that some have evil bred, or beaten, into them.

Set in a dirt-poor, white neighbourhood in 1980s South Africa, Choke Chain exposes the rotten, insidious patterns of fathering that most societies still ignore. In this extraordinary first novel, two boys struggle to find steady ground in a disintegrating household, learning that not all adults are right and true.
Comments: (7)
Flamehammer
Beautifully written. Strongly male and coming of age. Very absorbing story which is easily one of the best I have read. I could not put this one down.
The women characters in this story were well defined and strong, yet so very damaged, except for two women who were fantastic in the face of ugly abusive and sexist male torment. The two young boys and their father had a peculiar camraderie that was painful yet emboldening. In their mother, there was strength but at the same time a kind of despair that is all too familiar to females who are or have been around violence and a degraded family coexistence. The father's blatant infidelity was fractious and not well hidden from his sons or their mother. The explosive ending is one of the best parts of this book. I highly recommend this to anyone who relates well to dramatic writing that brings deeper insight into human frailties. Good job for a first novel, Jason Donald. I look forward to reading your next one.
Dianantrius
Alex is a young boy who, along with his brother and mother, must face head-on the realities of life with an abusive father and choose which path his own life will take. The characters (and vivid settings) draw you in and amid their flaws, make you care about each of them. Alex is raw and honest and his journey is extraordinary. The tension builds and relationships shift and I stayed up into the wee hours to finish. Can't wait until Jason Donald's next book comes out. (And hope there is a reprint of Choke Chain again one day. I would love to have a hard copy for my bookshelves)
Iraraeal
As I couldn't find "Choke Chain" by Jason Donald in any bookstore, I gather it must have sold beautifully before it was out of stock and went out of print. So I looked for on my Kindle. I purchased it - and haven't loved a book as much as this one in a very long time. I have decided I must have a paper copy of "Choke Chain" to lend out to friends looking for a good book and to browse through time and again, it has so much going for it.. I will try to find a paper copy through internet, it is that good!
The story is cleverly crafted, each new chapter (with its one-word title) is like a short story in itself yet together they form a thrilling whole, blending perfectly into an amazing well-rounded novel on despair and hope: two brothers and a mother are subjected to the extreme bullying of a cunning, abusive and angry man and fight for survival. The story is full of suspense, nearly unbearable at times, and of unexpected surprises leading to ia profound climax...
I have heard that author Jason Donald will soon be publishing a second book. I am impatient to read it and have a feeling I won't be disappointed.!
Rrd
Honest, heart-wrenching yet leaving one unable to put it down...
JoJolar
This is a powerful read, sensitively written. The author transports you into his world, and makes you care for the characters more than you can know. Ultimately the book is a coming of age novel, but it is also more than this. It is a snapshot of life in late 1980s South Africa. It is a book about morality, and might makes right, and exclusion and racism and so much more.

There is plenty of metaphor in here. Observations about a vicious dog - it is not its fault, someone made it that way - reflect right back on the central characters for instance. The pot bellied black child that is ignored by a mother of two boys again leaves so much unsaid, and yet gets its message powerfully across.

The imagery in the book is wonderful. Without wasting words, the author transports you into another country so completely that you end up thinking you could have grown up there! The beautiful mountain scenery, the aquamarine Indian ocean, the grimy poor suburb the family live in - it is all well drawn. So too are the characters.

This book is a very good, gritty read but with an ultimate message of hope.

Some books deserve better recognition. This is an undiscovered classic in my opinion.
Nuadora
This is a powerful story, written brilliantly in such vivid descriptive detail as to allow the reader to visualize the story as it unfolds. The story is that of a family living in South Africa in the 1980s. Told through the eyes of 12 year-old Alex, one quickly senses that all is not well between his mother and father, and Alex and his 8 year-old brother, Kevin, are trapped between them. The blame lies with his father, who is violent and racist and not willing to miss out on any means of cheating others to get what he wants. Alex admires his father while Kevin, the butt of many of their father's moments of wrath, prefers to stay in his room unless provoked in which case he becomes overwhelmed with an un-defined rage. The mother suffers in silence. It is only when she and her two boys take several weeks off to visit her friend who lives near the beaches of Durban that we begin to learn about her past.
The reader quickly gets enmeshed in Alex's life with the belief that the title of the book is the emotional chain that his father uses to bring him to heel, even if later a real choke chain becomes an important instrumental part of the story with a real dog.
Will Alex, with his brother and mother, escape from his father? If this happens, how damaged will he be? As the book plummets towards its end, we realize that we will not have a definitive answer to these questions. We can only wish that their immediate future is one of hope. That the author keeps us riveted until the very last page and that we are not left with `a happy ending' but with one that we can (must) accept illustrates the power of his writing.
Gio
I read this book in only two days. The characters had me drawn in so quickly I couldn't put it down. It is beautifully written, and is probably one of the most emotionally charged books I have ever read. The main character, Alex, speaks to anyone and everyone. No matter what your background, he will speak to you. For me, it is a book about coming into your own as a person, and realising the fallibility of one's parents. The characters are very believable, which is good, because ultimately, this is a book about people. The imagery is perfect, so perfect in fact that I now must visit South Africa! I highly recommend this book!