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5.0 out of 5 stars
okay its confusing, 5 Jun 2006
okay i appreciate that this book is sometimes very confusing and it does ask a lot of the reader, jumping between stories, backwards and forwards in time, but its my favourite novel. In its defence I think it is a collage of many stories, all of which are very beautiful and very tragic, happening within one family, highlighting close relationships but also irreconcilable differences. You want everyone in the novel to communicate but there is hardly any dialogue. Its message seems to be that people are all the same because of this isolation this silence. And such real tragic love. I could rhapsodise forever on it. If you have a soul and real emotions, and an attention span greater than a goldfish read this, you will love it, if you have a soul and no attention span i pity you that you cannot enjoy this book.