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It depends on your point of view
on 30 July 2014
This is a book for which my preference is to dip in and out of it. This is not a text for people who like tight structure and tangible outcomes. It is arguably indulgent because it is so evocative yet does not reach any conclusions - it is a book full of almost sensuous descriptions conjuring up all sorts of feelings and visions that will depend on your life experience. The book is, in my view, successful because it does summon up strong and often nostalgic images from lines like - "listening in bed at night to the Westminster Chimes extending their ritornello every quarter of an hour in the kitchen". However, be prepared for the intensity of the text which just brings forth one image after another and,that's part of the reason why maybe the book is better in small doses.
The analogy I'd make is that to some people the description of a fine wine might be exciting, for example, "a fruity, full bodied flavour with a hint of spice and an after taste of woodiness" - some people will be enticed by this description, others might say it's a lot of pretentious nonsense. This book is exactly the same in the way it can be perceived.
In summary, this is a nicely presented and unusual book which, for the right person, could make a good gift but it isn't for everyone.