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This review is from: Mother's Milk (Hardcover)
This book is, apaprently, the overlooked true winner of the Booker Prize, if you believe what you read in the weekend broadsheets and on Amazon. But it was simply not that good. As several other reviewers on here have said, it was apparently 'social satire' but the world in the book is one that simply does not exist. No-one seemed to have a job or to have to do anything apart from agonise over their children and relationships. The children's voices being so developed were obviously an attempt to demonstrate the self-obsession even of the young members of this family, but the writing was scarcely credible nonetheless, and the author went out of his way to shoehorn in obvious 'satire' at the expense of credibility.
And that's before we get to the section set in America. Which was only put in there for easy cheap shots at the country - the fat person on the plane was an indication of the woefully poor stuff to follow, with the pizza being universally regarded as disgusting compared to the 'beautiful' stuff in France, which was presented with absolutely no detachment of the author from the narrative voice; or the tedious, seemingly obligatory argument about Iraq which of course all the intended readers will agree with.
I had high hopes for this book but for such an apparently meticulous 'prose stylist' it felt like it was written in about a fortnight.
Saying that it is better than Kiran Desai's novel which has an even more glaringly obvious anti-American agenda. Sarah Waters was truly robbed.