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5.0 out of 5 stars
You think it can't get better, then you read it again., 8 Feb. 2001
Ghostwritten could be a collection of random short stories, until the reader becomes aware of the interaction between characters and chapters. Very cleverly woven into the story is the crossing of paths that happens to everyone a thousand times a day, combined with the effect of seemingly coincidental meetings. The book flits from Tokyo to London to Ireland to Mongolia to goodness knows where without pausing for breath, and the description of each place is stunningly evocative. Social comment mixes effortlessly with both the beauty and the futility of life, and a healthy dose of humour and irony is thrown in for good measure. Occasionally, there are references to previous chapters which the reader may not have picked up the first time. This is no problem, however, it simply provides a good excuse to start all over again when you reach the end!