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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard going, 12 July 2010
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I was reading this book as part of a reading group and would not otherwise have picked it up. I was the only memeber of the group to finish it. To read this you need to be committed. I can see it as a wonderful book to study for English GCSE or for a degree, but for simple reading it is hard work. Much time could be spent and pleasure could be had, discussing the plot, characters, morals and style of writing, but, as I said, you need to be committed. The writing is very difficult to follow. The sentences are long and convoluted and need focus and attention. I was constantly having to find the beginning of the sentence to reread it slowly to work out what was being said. It was not a book that I could skim read either as a long wandering sentence often contained information that took the story forward. However I did get to the point where I wanted to know the ending and was annoyed at having to interrupt my reading to get on with other things. Would I recommend it? No, unless you want to study it and then I think it would be magic!
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Initial post: 7 Aug 2013 03:19:30 BDT
Miketang says:
I know what you mean. This is late James. The trouble is that EVERY character seems to think in the same tortuous,fissiparous language. It's a work of reconstruction. But then anything valuable has to be worked at - so long as one thinks the pay-off is worth it. Never sure with James.
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