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The furious contents of one head beautifully displayed.
on 24 November 2000
Although the narrator, a man viewing the wreckage of his marriage and the suicide of his son, is not especially sympathetic - few characters are - and little effort is made by the author to make his obsessions and concerns chime with those the reader may be supposed to share, the writing - very short on relief and long on paragraphs - seems so close to the act of thinking, or the way that thoughts present themselves unbidden to us, that I found the experience of reading this enormously pleasurable. Entering so fully into the mind of someone like the narrator, whose helpless pleasure lies more in pinning down past events with words inside his head than in ever effectively acting upon the present, makes for a very absorbing, intense sort of reading. It may perhaps require a reader with similar tendencies towards indecision and endless internal monologue to fully warm to the book - but for those who delight in this sort of thing, this is definately the sort of book they will delight in.