Commune. There are some wickedly funny passages in Joe Dunthorne’s novel, Wild Abandon. Set in a commune in Wales, the characters are quirky and the odd situations in which they find themselves make for some lively plot threads. By the end of the novel I realized that I had developed no empathy for any of the characters and found almost all of them to be weakly developed. Much of the novel involves their beliefs, including the imminent end of the world, and I found all that to be amusing, but Dunthorne’s satire never quite satisfied me. Readers who like finely written dark humor are those most likely to enjoy this novel.
Rating: Two-star (Mildly Recommended)
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