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5.0 out of 5 stars a triumph of tone, beautifully written, totally modern
Lydia Davis's novel portrays the failings of a literary mind lost in the maze of its own thought-processes. The startling beauty of the prose, with its immense, architectural paragraphs, its interminable sub-clauses and endless returns upon itself, acts out its own paralysis. The reader witnesses, undisturbed by author, the disintegration of self. This is prose as...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Irritating
This book is beautifully written and the idea of unreliable memory is interesting enough, but the constant reference to the writing of the novel itself is deeply irritating. This kind of self-reflexive writing has surely been done to death by now. It slows the narrative down (which presumably it is supposed to) but does it really add anything else? I don't find it...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a triumph of tone, beautifully written, totally modern, 22 Oct 1998
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This review is from: The End of the Story (High Risk) (Paperback)
Lydia Davis's novel portrays the failings of a literary mind lost in the maze of its own thought-processes. The startling beauty of the prose, with its immense, architectural paragraphs, its interminable sub-clauses and endless returns upon itself, acts out its own paralysis. The reader witnesses, undisturbed by author, the disintegration of self. This is prose as formal as a fugue, as pointless as a madrigal. It is modern writing that is challenging and uncompromising. Don't be fooled by those who say it's about a woman's failed love affair with an unsuitable man. This is much darker than that.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Irritating, 14 Feb 2014
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This book is beautifully written and the idea of unreliable memory is interesting enough, but the constant reference to the writing of the novel itself is deeply irritating. This kind of self-reflexive writing has surely been done to death by now. It slows the narrative down (which presumably it is supposed to) but does it really add anything else? I don't find it particularly interesting reading about decisions to add or subtract sections, or the difficulty of writing. This might have been more interesting and enjoyable if experiments with time were just used rather than discussed in the novel itself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very clever writing, 30 July 2013
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Self absorbed, revealing, strangely powerful and frankly fascinating exploration of a rather doomed love affair. This writer also writes short stories.
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