Brian Martin

An act of piety

The story — of a dying father and disadvantaged son journeying from town to town — becomes a series of parables, complete with riddles

Census is a curious, clever novel. It depicts a dystopia with a father and his Down’s syndrome son journeying from town A to town Z taking a census. The father, the narrator, knows he is dying. As a retired doctor he can interpret the fatal signs of his disease. His is a bizarre family; his wife, who has pre-deceased him, trained as a clown.

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