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The Autograph Man
The Autograph Man
by Zadie Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

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1.0 out of 5 stars Intellectual for the sake of being intellectual, 13 Aug 2003
This review is from: The Autograph Man (Paperback)
On first glance The Autograph Man promised a good read. Indeed, I have never shied away from the prospect of an intellectual and challenging read, as promised by the cover.
What a disappointment then, to enter the heart of the book and come out the other side unfulfilled, disappointed and confused. Smith certainly reckons herself as a "wizard of prose" - as promised by the book's cover, but this really is an example of intellectual words being used for the sake of it. Intellectual words and phrases are an absolute joy when they form part of an enchanting and beguiling story. In the case of The Autograph Man Smith expects us not to see beyond the clever words, and therefore not to notice that the characters are unlikeable and the conversations between the unlikeable characters are unintelligible.
I am now making the "International Gesture for Boredom" - which started with the first page of the book, and ended when I threw it in the bin, three quarters of the way through.

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