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Brilliant but not something to just pass the time with,
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This review is from: The Mezzanine (Paperback)
I believe a disclaimer right at the start is essential - if you cannot imagine enjoying a plotless book, which basically reproduces a 'consciousness stream' experienced during a single lunch hour, I believe it is best not even attempting to read it.
On the other hand, if you enjoyed White Noise (Picador 40th Anniversary Edition) (Picador 40th Anniversary Editn), or are in agreement with the ideas from The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life makes it Hard to be Happy, the book is likely to seriously appeal.
As said, it is a spectaculary detailed observation of the minutest details, be it on straws, shoelaces, staplers, milk containers, shirts or anything else that would be encountered during a lunch break in a city. Given that the author spares no effort in description or detail, you also need to invest a lot more concentration to read it than a book of similar dimensions would otherwise warrant - so definitely not something for a commute or a book where you will dip into before going to bed (the regular footnotes, which can span several pages are an example in point).
Finally, Salman Rushdie's endorsement on the book cover - namey that this is a seriously funny book - is in my opinion warranted but not in the sense of slapstick funny; more in that it describes a part of modern urban society spectacularly well, which means a very different type of humour.
So if none of the points above deter you or rather pique your interest, I can warmly recommend it. The author demonstrates a wonderful command of language, a great eye for detail and through that for societal developments. What he does not do, is to put a plot around this to make the book more palatable for a wider audience but then again this may very well form part of the appeal.