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I love Bernieres' writing style and how he mixes things up ...
on 13 June 2017
I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I love Bernieres' writing style and how he mixes things up from chapter to chapter. On the other, the story takes forever to start, and he tends to dip needlessly into the thesaurus every once in a while, using the longest, most obscure words he can find, which can make it unnecessarily hard-going at times, even for someone with a reasonable vocabulary. I don't normally have an issue with this kind of thing (always keen to discover new words), but given that he's often using these words to conjure a feeling of idyllic, effortlessness in describing the Greek island of Cephalonia, it gets in the way of the vision a little.