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Delightful in many ways, an author with a great deal of talent who needs to focus more on structure.
on 26 February 2015
Absolutely enchanting at first, with the promise of greatness, this delightful book fails to coagulate into anything more solid. It conserves some charm to the end, but in the tradition of Flann O'Brien and so many other Irish writers, it's an evanescent, amorphous, soft-edged collection of anecdotes, rather than a novel. The humorous episode and the charming caricature are allowed to stand in place of a plot, nothing ever develops into anything approaching a theme. Rain it is, light and persistent, with never a hailstone or a thunderclap to vary the gentle monotony.
As a result, a novel which begins at such a brisk trot soon starts to plod wearily, and the last section is -- sad to say -- rather an ordeal to finish.
I would love to see this very gifted author produce a more ambitious and well-organized work.