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Jake Nicholls

Yes, there’s certainly an element of Tracker’s narration style that is intended to shock—especially where it is clear that he is talking to the ‘inquisitor’ of the opening narrative frame.

Even though the unflinching descriptions of violence were very difficult to read, I appreciate that the author didn’t let the violence become ‘normalised’, or let the reader skim over it without confronting its brutality (if that makes sense). In that sense, it could also tie in with Tracker’s traumatic past and his struggle to conform to the version of masculinity that society expects of him.