- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 535 KB
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005JUPS0I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,458,001 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm not just talking about volume of vocabulary employed, but the arrangement. The associations, the twists of meaning against itself and back again, as a reader you can't help but admire the artistry in the design. A B & E, though only a short novel (184 pages in paperback), took me a rather long time to read, because it's dense. Rich. Every word demands your focus, every play on words requires your comprehension ... and thank Jebus for the built-in dictionary function in the Kindle, because without that I'd still be scratching my head at irruption, lordotic and mondegreened (though to honest, even the Kindle dictionary struggled with mondegreened, and I had to hit up Wikipedia). The pressure to review such a bold, skilled experimental novel, it's kind of daunting.
Me like book. Book good.
The protagonist is Karen Dash (an alias), a gangster's moll hiding out in Corfu away from the vengeful eye of her criminal husband. She'd cheated on Damon with his chauffeur, and for her the penalty is Grecian exile.
Karen tells her story to listener or listeners unseen (though that becomes clearer later on) in a first-person monologue. The storytelling seems to take place almost exclusively in bars, with trays of cocktails always at hand to help out - between the chapters are cocktail recipes, perhaps put there to aid the person wanting a more empathetic reading experience.
Me like booze. Book like booze. Me like book.Read more ›
If you want a quick read that fits snugly into a recognised genre and makes no demands on your grey cells then this is not the book for you. If however, you are looking for something different and challenging, if you relish a book that requires some effort in the reading then this could just be the one!
You need to concentrate to follow, Marc's prose is a bit like poetry. It sometimes only make sense like surrealists paintings do- when you suspend your normal boring common sense brain activity. I liked it.