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3.0 out of 5 stars A complex and disturbing tale., 9 Aug 1999
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This review is from: The Gabriel Club (Paperback)
This book creates atmosphere impressively, but has its shortcomings. A rear-cover comment calls it "unabashedly literary"; I would say it is perhaps "deliberately and pretentiously literary".
Loaded with quotations and references to classic idealistic literature and art, and overstuffed with long, convoluted passages of abstruse dialogue, this book's nice, twisty plot takes a long time to develop and is often ambiguous. The ambiguity is sometimes obviously deliberate, sometimes not.
On the good side, the author has very effectively fragmented the plot, hopping back and forth between one character and another, the past and the present, reality and dreams. And the surreal atmosphere is very effective.
This is not an easy or simple read. But all in all, after its ambiguous ending, I found myself wondering if it was worth it.
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