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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me, 19 Oct 2008
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Given the recent controversy over the readability of literary prize-winning books, and the make-up of juries, perhaps I am not surprised that I found this novel difficult to get into. Indeed I gave up after 113 pages. I was much looking forward to reading about colonial Australia, but this much into the book I found I was none the wiser. Moreover, I was intensely irritated both by the fact that every slightest physical gesture is interpreted as Deeply Meaningful, and by the sheer number of adjectives per noun. No doubt this makes me a very superficial reader, but may others like me be warned.
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Initial post: 7 Sep 2011 19:48:30 BDT
Skylark says:
White's prose has, indeed, to be read much more carefully and slowly than the work of many other writers. But slow down, take the time, go back over every utterance you have not understood the first time, and then, how rewarding his work is! Such power, such insight, such wisdom. White gives you something. He enhances you. He makes you greater. Don't miss out. Read him.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 16:34:20 GMT
Squirrel23 says:
I agree with Skylark. I remember having to read Voss at University. I tried at least three times to get past the first few pages. Then one day I tried again and suddenly it took a hold of me and I could not put it down. I thought then that it was one of the best books I had ever read. I am scared to re-read it, just so that I stay true to my memory of it.
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