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Too loose and episodic for me,
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This review is from: May We be Forgiven (Hardcover)
A.M. Homes has two great strengths - a hghly accessible, liquid prose style and an engaging sense of humour. There are passages in this novel that are hilarious. But it's too long and meandering, and much of it is simply incredible, so much so that at times I wondered if it wasn't actually depicting the first person narrator having a nervous breakdown. About 60 per cent of what happens is realistic, the rest is bizarre or surreal. Most of the characters don't have life and those that do, including the narrator, are pretty dull. Too often the plot just becomes disassociated from reality, in social or economic terms.
Homes seems to have more of an audience in the USA than in the UK, given that this is only the second review. Maybe her satire of contemporary life is more appreciated there - though to me her novels are too wacky to be truly effective as satire.