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1.0 out of 5 stars Meanderings of a loon, 17 Mar. 2010
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This review is from: The Interrogation (Paperback)
There is a respectable French intellectual obsession <Camus and Houlebec>-with the detailing of the solitary self reflective internal world. Generally this makes for an interesting reading experience, but here it's relentless - drawn out ad nauseam with no concessions.

If you want to know what it's like following a dog through town or killing a rat for fifty pages, including every tiniest flash of observation and wildest nuance of thought and imagination, this is the book for you. Only a Frenchman could produce this kind of drivel.

I read this as an example of Nobel literature prize quality material-it's certainly extraordinary-that a writer can sustain excreting this babbling brook of nonsense for 223 pages. But it's a curiosity, not a great work.

If I had a lifespan of several thousand years I might be tempted to pass a bored afternoon fruitlessly flicking through this garbage, but as things stand I relished holding it up lightly between my thumb and forefinger, releasing my grip and letting it fall into the cavernous open mouth of the rubbish bin.
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Initial post: 4 Oct 2011 23:14:55 BDT
Rob Hymer says:
'Only a Frenchman could produce this kind of drivel.'

You are quite wrong. An American, Nicholson Baker, did a book of trash every bit as drivelly. See 'The Mezzanine', available from this site but for god's sake, why would anyone want to.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2011 21:33:13 GMT
yeah life's too short - - good books - 'Independent People', 'All that i am' Anna Funder ' Of Human Bondage' Somerset Maugham 'A fine Balance' Rohinton Mystry "Jude the Obscure' Hardy.
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