Top positive review
FASCINATING , BAFFLING, CHALLENGING AND SATISFYINGLY WEIRD .
10 August 2017
You have to be in the Kate Atkinson mindset to truly understand this book .
Its not really a collection of short stories - well, it is , but if you can't get your head around it, then read the first and last chapters again ( miss out the rest ) after your initial reading and all will be revealed and become perfectly clear (hopefully) .
Make use of your Google Latin to English translator if you don't read Latin like a native - understanding those phrases will help you understand the book itself .
Someone who gave it one star thought the quotations from Ovid, Emily Dickinson, St Paul et al. were "pretentious" but they are gateways to further reading , and this, further knowledge . I love books that take me on journeys through other books - knowledge gathering is never wasted .
It's challenging reading but if you set yourself up at the beginning ( I didn't and had to re-read it twice before I clicked on) the way I have suggested , you will find it sad, funny poignant and ultimately a bit terrifying .
Its not Jackson Brodie territory so be prepared if you love JB and Kate's writing - its quirkier , more like "Human Croquet" .
I love everything she writes - sometimes , its challenging stuff but ultimately , Kate Atkinson is never, ever boring !