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Some interesting ideas
on 7 June 2013
I found that this book seemed like the outpourings of a teenager going through an existential crisis. There are some semi-profound thoughts and ideas about the timelessness of love, the transience of life etc., but the story is weak. The review quoted on the cover of my edition that it 'reaches over the heads of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky to the tradition of Pushkin' is certainly unfounded - to compare Shishkin to any of these writers is, frankly, laughable.
Overall, there were some thought provoking moments and the book is an easy read, so I would perhaps recommend it to a younger reader - perhaps late teens - as an easy-going example of existential literature, but it is by no means a particularly good one.