14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant satire and hypnotic ennui,
By A Customer
This review is from: Things: A Story of the Sixties with A Man Asleep (Paperback)
Two very different books - this is, after all, Perec, whose project was to write one of everything. Things was the novel which brought him to the world's attention, a satire on consumerism, ambition and self-satisfaction which is subtle and affecting.
The more striking book, though, is A Man Asleep. It is the story of a student who withdraws from the world, told in the second person - an extremely unusual literary device which, in Perec's hands, is incredibly effective. Everyone I know who has read this book has been stricken with near-clinical depression! The novel's hypnotic voice is irresistible.