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DId we read the same book?
on 11 December 2016
I read this on the recommendation of a friend and I was, I have to say, a little disappointed. It's unapologetically unliterary and is written in the style of an overgrown and unruly blog rather than a real novel. I'm surprised it found a publisher, and I'm surprised that the publisher who took it on let it go in its current, untramelled state. It would have benefited from a good editing, if not a good proofreading.
Having said that, it's written in a style that may appeal to people who are used to reading blogs and the rantings of others on social media. The story – such as it is – is told in a stream-of-consciousness that blurs the lines between different epochs, forming an impressionist's interpretation of the events rather than a journalist's. It conjures up quite a compelling picture of those few years in the heroine's early adulthood where she is finding her feet, both professionally and sexually, and also accurately describes alternative life in her adopted city, Brighton.
I can't say I enjoyed reading this book – I felt somewhat sullied, contaminated, after I'd finished it – but it might appeal to young women, and men, of a certain age; particularly those who know Brighton or who find themselves, like Esmerelda, on the outside of the creative world, looking longingly in.