Because the thing about ‘Ravages’ is that it’s realistic in all the best ways. The characters are alive; they’re real people with their virtues and their defects, their petty hopes and those more grandiose dreams they won’t speak about. Their surroundings (both the city and the football club) could be one of the many we read about every day on the papers. The reactions of the characters to everything that happens to them, good or bad, are nuanced, fitting to their personality, influenced by their situation, but still undoubtedly their own. No one is unbelievably good, or ridiculously evil; even those characters who do wrong have their reasons, their internal logic we can understand even if we can’t share it.
What a way to start the week!