Top critical review
One person found this helpful
Powerfully imaginative, but lacking the depth and subtlety of ...
on 12 December 2016
Powerfully imaginative, but lacking the depth and subtlety of William's great novel, Stoner.
There are marvellous descriptions and lyric evocations of the human and geographic landscape. However, I found the endless killings of buffalo repetitive and the winter snowed-in section lacked sufficient interest.
By far the most gripping parts, for me, were the relationship between the protagonist, Will Andrews, and his prostitute girl-friend, Francine - which could have been developed much further - and the almost mute link between Will and the hard-nosed Macdonald. The sense that Will has become 'acutely aware', by the end, that everything is 'nothing', and yet life somehow comes from this void, does not quite work.