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Structured rather akin to a Chinese puzzle or a set of Matrioshka dolls, there are dazzling shifts in genre and voice and the stories leak into each other with incidents and people being passed on like batons in a relay race. The 19th-century journals of an American notary in the Pacific that open the novel are subsequently unearthed 80 years later on by Frobisher in the library of the ageing, syphilitic maestro he's trying to fleece. Frobisher's waspish letters to his old Cambridge crony, Rufus Sexsmith, in turn surface when Rufus, (by the 1970s a leading nuclear scientist) is murdered. A novelistic account of the journalist Luisa Rey's investigation into Rufus' death finds its way to Timothy Cavendish, a London vanity publisher with an author who has an ingenious method of silencing a snide reviewer. And in a near-dystopian Blade Runner-esque future, a genetically engineered fast food waitress sees a movie based on Cavendish's unfortunate internment in a Hull retirement home. (Cavendish himself wonders how a director called Lars might wish to tackle his plight). All this is less tricky than it sounds, only the lone "Zachary" chapter, told in Pacific Islander dialect (all "dingos'n'ravens", "brekker" and "f'llowin'"s) is an exercise in style too far. Not all the threads quite connect but nonetheless Mitchell binds them into a quite spellbinding rumination on human nature, power, oppression, race, colonialism and consumerism. --Travis Elborough --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Amazing. Will read this again because there is so much to take in.Published 19 days ago by Mummy Jill
Saw the film first,,loved it!!!
Then bought the book..loved it !!
Parts are a little challenging,,but sticking with it was worth the effort.
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This has to be one of the most convoluted books I have ever read breaking off mid sentence from one of the characters story. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Tonus
Absolutely stunning; one of the best books I've read. Tried it at 17 but couldn't get into it, but ten years later it just worked for me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael J Ritchie
I found this book tedious. I read it for a book club, and would not suggest it to anyone.Published 1 month ago by Linda