Customer Review

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing and annoyingly vague. However book explored some interesting themes., 2 Mar. 2013
By 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Red Shift (Paperback)
First of all I should reveal what may be my bias regarding this book. I didn't choose to read it, I was obliged to buy it for a degree level English course I am doing. Although the book isn't something I would normally choose to read, I would say that my taste is fairly broad and I am generally easy going over books, I'll read anything.

This book is an exception, I found it to be extremely vague and ambiguous, almost to the extent that there is an element of conceit on the part of the author, he knows something we don't. We are never given enough information to understand what is going on and the functional description, e.g. what's happening and who is speaking is annoyingly scarce. I honestly don't think I could face the prospect of having to read this book again. It's not all bad though, I did find that it made an excellent coaster for my cup of tea and at a push it could be used to prop a door open.

Really though this book was a massive disappointment, the author is clearly extremely articulate, the three part narrative based in different time periods and his exploration of different themes regarding family, time, place and relationships held potential for a great novel. This (In my opinion) pretentious attempt at avant garde writing let the whole thing down which is a massive shame. I think this book may be a marmite sort of thing, you'll either love it or you'll hate it, personally it really isn't for me but clearly there are many who would disagree with me. Three start rating was given because despite the fact I didn't think much about the book, there is no denying that the author is highly skilled at what he does and there are short sections of it that I thought were very insightful and well written.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

Reviewer


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,713,732