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Depends how you read it,
This review is from: Remainder (Paperback)
Judging by most of the reviews that have already been written for 'Remainder', it seems to be a simple case of you get it or you don't get it, you like it or you don't like it. Rather than attribute this to the author, I think the burden of proof lies in the reader.
I read the book in one sitting and I must admit, it played with my mind a little. I didn't start re-enacting events, but it effectively isolated me from normal human intercourse when I emerged from my room. What the book does is re-wire the expectations of the average reader, since the events that take place are not the same as in a 'normal' novel. Naturally, if the reader comes to the book having read the glowing reviews about the unconventionality of 'Remainder', they may well be disappointed when they realise that it isn't hugely different. What McCarthy does do effectively is to liberate the wandering mind and give in to innate human characteristics such as curiosity and whim. Thus, the plot breaks down into events that appear to go nowhere, but the overall analysis of the desires of the human mind is sound and, for the most part, intriguing and revealing. Recommended for the casual reader.
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Initial post: 6 May 2011 15:26:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 May 2011 15:26:47 BDT
I know exactly what you mean; when I finished reading it, I became incredibly aware of how repetitive my everyday actions were - and I couldn't help but think of each one as a kind of performance - it took me a while to get out of this mindset!
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