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Original, disappointing and unpleasant
on 22 August 2011
I really didn't enjoy this at all. I really liked 'The Death of Bunny Munro' and have always found Nick Cave kind of interesting, so I approached this book expecting a good read. The writing style is kind of impressive and poetic at first, however after a while it just becomes rambling and irritating. The plot in itself is undeniably interesting, but also pretty silly and incoherent at times. Despite Euchrid's awful existence I found it hard to feel much interest or sympathy for him, or indeed any of the characters, excluding maybe the prostitute. It was the numerous descriptions of animal cruelty that really grated against me - they seemed unnecessary to the plot and made for deeply unpleasant reading. Overall, it's probably worth a read because of it's originality but don't expect to enjoy it.