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A BLEAK EXPLORATION OF MEMORY,
This review is from: Lighthouse, The (SALT MODERN FICTION) (Paperback)
No point in running through the story line of this book as it has been done to death by previous reviewers.
It was a bleak and down beat read - but what was interesting were the constant flashbacks to earlier scenes and events in the lives of the two main characters. The constant references to smells tell us that this is a powerful component of memory and one which is able to encapsulate the vividness of the moment and forever imprint it. Both characters are devastatingly affected by past events and the lack of love received in their lives; they appear to revisit these issues over and over again. But strangely they both seem to lack any real depth or circumspection - as if they are resigned to their fates - or have even died a little inside.
I do wonder why writers write books like this - I am sure it was wonderfully crafted - brimming with imagery and meaning - and I am also sure all of this deserved a lot of working out by the reader - meditation and then enlightenment. But what are they trying to achieve? The trouble is I haven't got the time or the inclination to work it all out and so much of the book was wasted on me.
No wonder it was a Booker Prize candidate because this sort of book will impress the judges. However, it did not lift the spirits.
Overall - an interesting if not a particularly enjoyable read.