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challenging book but worth the effort for all the insights
on 8 March 2017
This is not an easy book to read and it takes a while to get into but stick with it as it is innovative and experimental and it is just a refreshing change to read someone who is not frightened to take risks.
At first, it all seems very jagged with lots of shards poking up to the surface but after a while, I relaxed into it and rather than try to make complete sense of each phrase, let the book and its themes flow over me. It is beautifully written and verges on the poetic in places with form and phrases messed around with to keep the book always edgy and exciting
but it it also brilliantly evokes this part of north west London with the communities depicted with searing clarity.
I also got quite fond of Leah and found her determination not to have children so refreshing and Natalie's escapades verging on the farcical on occasions although I found it hard to feel that she was a real person a lot of the time but it is always going to be difficult to feel empathy for characters so different from yourself but that to me is part of the joy of books that you csn gain insights into different worlds