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Interesting, passionate, revealing but incredibly sparse
on 31 December 2012
Katherine Angel's Unmastered kind of blows the format of a book apart. There are no named characters, only the protagonist 'I' (the entire book is written in female first-person) and 'Him' (her lover) and only a couple of other characters referred to briefly. It reads as a collection of thoughts throughout the evolution of a relationship, the giddy-love, the intense passion, the love-making, the doubts, the fears and ultimately a tragedy that leaves the protagonist re-assessing all of those feelings earlier stated in the book.
I found this an interesting read, the expletive-filled pages are shocking when a page on has "F me, oh yes, F me" written on an entire leaf. Separated by a blank leaf, then a single roman numeral on the next page, then another page of a handful of lines. Frequently there are less than 20 words per leaf. Consequently, if the story grips you (initially it's not all that clear that it's a story at all) you will speed through the 336 pages in less than an hour.
Whilst its format of the collection of thoughts is novel and intriguing, it's nothing new and I did not feel that the book lived up to the blurb whatsoever; "allowing us to think afresh about desire" - it wasn't eye-opening or educating at all, merely a collection of statements, some shocking, some touching, others random and derivative. Might raise an eyebrow in the raunchier parts, but ultimately, it's all been done before.