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Review: Syllable of Stone, by Patrick Lane

...An unsettling affair...set firmly in in the bleak landscape ...in which violence is so commonplace as not to raise an eyebrow - or at least not to provoke discussion. ... His syllables indeed seem to be made of stone: hard, sharp and brutal... Lane's narratives depict an insular environment and evoke a lonely atmosphere, couched in masculine, almost primal language.