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It could have been so much better. . .
on 18 January 2013
Initially, after reading the synopsis of this book , I thought I was in for a good read. I was anticipating a science fiction story, or religious dogma, or even a tale of paranoid schizophrenia. The book is originally French - so perhaps it loses something in the translation - but the story didn't live up to expectations.
The plot centres on a young man, who attempts to take his own life, only to wake up a year later to find that he is married to the object of his affection, but with no memory of the previous year since his "suicide".
During the following years, similar awakenings and bouts of amnesia follow and - without giving too much away - I was not gripped by the story. I felt it was somewhat erratic, shifting from year to year, and coming across, to me, as a disjointed attempt to fill in the gaps. Perhaps this was an attempt to replicate the experience of a true amnesiac, but I felt that it was rushed, and in some ways rather childish.
In short, I found it frustrating. The protagonist is never fully fleshed, and although the basic plot demands brief interludes with him, it left me disconnected to the story. The result was that I felt little empathy with his fate, or that of his fellow characters.