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A DISAPPOINTING EXPERIENCE
on 3 May 2015
Beware these are not short stories like those of (say) Somerset Maugham. Most of them were to my mind rather quirky in both composition and content. Take for example the very first story, entitled ADULT VIDEO which hints (quite unnecessarily) at pornographic content. The episodes in the story are each headlined with the actions one might perform is playing a video tape to an audience, namely PLAY, PAUSE, REWIND, FAST FORWARD together with the further headings, SLOW MOTION, FUNCTION, MEMORY, DISPLAY and REPEAT. The meaning of the first group is clear enough, With FAST FORWARD, for example the story jumps ahead a few (or many) years. MEMORY is the same but in reverse. As to FUNCTION and DISPLAY I can't recall their exact purpose. The story itself has just one protagonist (Edward?). However I couldn't reconcile the information yielded in the FAST FORWARD episodes with that in the present (PLAY) episodes.
All too often I found myself out of my depth in these stories. I just couldn't reconcile them with the Boyd I had grown familiar with. However I suggest you read the other reviews before you take the plunge.