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Not much of a novel, and not much of anything else either
on 11 February 2010
Having run out of good ideas for a novel, the author tries something new: three different viewpoints as we progress. As others have already noted, it makes for difficult reading - you have to keep flipping back and forth to follow each thread. There's no direct link between the three sections of the page, as far as subject matter goes, and only the first viewpoint fits the chapters.
The first viewpoint is the author giving his opinions on everything from politics to probability, sometimes this is interesting and sometimes it seems rather irrelevant, even pointless. A lot of it is just stating the obvious. Do we really want to read a random selection of comment pieces? The politics is out of date as soon as the book is published. We already know about Bush and Blair, and they're gone now anyway. Who cares? And to suggest a whole nation should feel guilty about electing a dumb leader is absurd.
There's another problem I have with this book: Can a man write convincingly as a girl or a woman? I think not. The part of this novel that is supposedly written by Anya is so obviously written by the same author as wrote the other two viewpoints that I find it impossible to believe in the girl.
A back cover blurb says in red capitals: 'You must read this book'. Apart from being obviously wrong to the point of being insulting, this suggestion that you should have the author's opinions rammed down your throat does at least hint at what you get if you can be bothered to read this stuff.