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2.0 out of 5 stars
Read The Stranger's Child or Howard's End instead, 16 Jan. 2015
Many other reviewers have described the unconventional structure that underpins this story - and divides opinions about its readability. I liked it; found it engaging and thought provoking, wondering each time an episode recurred what elements would be repeated and what would change, and what would be the implications for Ursula's character. I liked the fact that the different scenarios weren't presented as better or worse.
But apart from that, I found the writing lacklustre. The characters were two dimensional, period detail was heavy handed, the style was at moments annoying. As an exploration of Englishness, I infinitely preferred The Stranger's Child (Alan Hollinghurst) and Howard's End (E.M. Forster). A good read while stuck in bed with a cold; didn't live up to the hype but would make a good TV drama.