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Slightly disappointing and annoyingly vague. However book explored some interesting themes.,
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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.