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5.0 out of 5 stars
A dazzling 1st (anti) novel, 17 Jun. 2011
I can't recommend this too highly. A dazzling first novel which, though very short (and all the stronger for it), packs an awful lot in thanks to the author's crisp, succinct & virtuoso prose - often as lean as a butcher's dog - and tight plotting which combine to make this a real page-turner.
Working on several levels the author uses his `hero' to explore key themes in literature whilst he attempts to reclaim the truth about his life and manages to make memorable use of cycling along the way. And all the time the story-teller's traditional function is being twisted-and-turned as though it were the theme at the heart of some fantastic set of variations.
Clearly a writer well worth discovering - I'm already looking forward to his next novel. And what a joy to read such a rewarding short novel - never the easiest of forms but one so well-matched to the discerning reader's wishes in this busy age - proving that size isn't everything. Here it's most certainly the quality and not the quantity that counts.