Pageants of Despair

Pageants of Despair by Dennis Hamley
Dennis Hamley
Paul Dry Books
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young adult

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Peter is a normal boy, living a normal life, until that fateful day. His mother was out walking and was molested. Now Peter is on a train away from his hometown to visit with his aunt and uncle. On the train, he meets a stranger named Gilbert. This stranger is stranger than any person Peter has ever met before. He says he is from fourteenth century Dunfield. Gilbert takes Peter back in time to save a play that is turning the unsuspecting actors into the characters they play. When the story takes a turn for the worst, what will Peter do?

First off, this book was brilliant. The idea behind the plot was fascinating. On the other hand, the plot was sparse, and confusing. The author would explain bits here, and there, and then the rest would be up to your interpretation. His characters didn't have a lot of depth, they seemed unnatural, unlike real people. Hamley didn't do a very good job of getting into a young boys mindset. It sounded more like an older man contained in a twelve-year-olds body. The book didn't always make a whole lot of sense, definitely an advanced read.

Reviewer Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country: Shippensburg, USA


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