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Short Stories disguised as a novel
on 24 June 2012
I enjoy this writer and his powerful use of language. I bought this book as it came so highly rated. Having read it I looked again at the past reviews to see where I disconnected. As an earlier reviewer (who gave the book 5 stars) says " there is no plot"
Instead there are a series of events based around the central character with interesting clues about him his past & the people he interacts with. However there is no character or plot development. It is rather a series of events or stories.
You could turn open to any chapter and read that without having to read from front to finish.
Many of the stories are funny or though provoking, but a couple are just designed to enable the writer to show off his extensive use of vocabulary. There is a hallucinogenic dream sequence and again a fever dream sequence which are nothing more than extensive word paintings of such experiences and add nothing to the story or the book.