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2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear! Too much stream-of-consciousness, self-conscious artistry and poetic pretentiousness for me!, 24 Jun. 2012
This review is from: The Red House (Hardcover)
I'm afraid that having loved 'A Spot of Bother' and 'Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time', I found this novel a severe disappointment. Too much head-hopping, too many attempts to be 'literary', too many 'insights' into the banal and irrelevant thoughts of the various characters, this was all far too po-faced and self-consciously literary for me. I suppose it's matter of taste, but I'd have much preferred it if the situation/interaction of the characters had been developed in the form of a gently satirical, social novel, the kind that Alison Lurie does so well. As it is, I can't really warm to this kind of literary experimentation/stream of consciousness; it was fine when Dorothy Richardson and Virginia Woolf did it, but that, in my view, should have been the end of the matter. But no doubt others will feel differently!
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Initial post: 8 Jul 2012 14:52:20 BDT
I totally agree and have been voted down for it already! Nice to see other have noticed that the Emperor has no clothes.

Posted on 2 Aug 2012 21:48:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Aug 2012 21:51:02 BDT
P. Archer says:
thanks having realy enjoyed incident and bother I was just going to purchase this, but saw the price and read the reviews. I would like to try a sample, but thats not available yet :-(

Posted on 15 Jul 2013 16:14:21 BDT
Jasmineivy says:
Couldn't have said it better myself!
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