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1.0 out of 5 stars Slow, boring, tedious, 18 Dec 2012
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The start is promising, interesting, but by page 38 (that is the page I imagine, think, I reached before being overcome by boredom, the tedium of his apparently (but not actually) infinitely long sentences) I realized that the whole book, novel, story (if it could be called that, so slow is the pace) if it was going anywhere was going to that place (if any) at a snail's pace.

Three pages to say if you do one thing then that sometimes blocks the possibility of doing something else. Banal philosophy apparently strung out to increase the word count.

And he corrects himself halfway through a sentence, which makes the sentence twice as long and doubly irritating.

Awful. Don't be tricked by the critics, who fool themselves (or maybe not, maybe they know it is part of the game they are in) and others (they fooled me into buying this, but now, dear reader, you know the truth and will not waste your money (or maybe you will thinking that THIS critic must be wrong, thinking the sentences of this book cannot be so long and irritating (I assure you they are))).
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Initial post: 8 Jan 2013 00:20:20 GMT
ilse says:
No. No. NO. This is one of the most exquisitly written books I've ever read. It's up there with Flaubert, Chekov and Penelope Fitzgerald - I can and have - read this book time and again. Marias never ceases to amaze me. But I know that we all have different tastes and expectations of the novel.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2013 15:53:33 BDT
Yellow Duck says:
You sound like the sort of reader who thinks the execrable Sebald is God's gift to literature.

Posted on 15 Jun 2013 15:57:12 BDT
Yellow Duck says:
Did you hear two readers out of three castigating this tome one the BBC's "A Good Read" recently (this week, see date of this comment)? I think you can still get the broadcast on iPlayer or as a podcast. It's exactly the kind of writing that appeals to the self-styled intellectuals of this world, Mensa Members and the similarly self-deluding.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2013 07:05:48 BDT
Ransen Owen says:
I can't stand Sebald either. Another literary critic supported author with no appeal to me. The list is seemingly endless. David Foster Wallace is another.
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