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A great read - let down by Kindle
on 4 January 2012
This review is written with the assumption that anybody reading it will have read other reviews and criticisms of the novel, so it makes no attempt to describe the contents. It does refer specifically to the KINDLE edition.
Having recently become an enthusiastic 'convert' to Kindle, this is the first novel I have read in this form where I wished I had bought it in book format.
The novel itself is wonderful, every bit as inventive, as insightful and witty as the plaudits all claim - and Jennifer Egan has a wonderful turn of phrase. She is a writer for whom language and the form of the novel are important. I approached the novel with a degree of caution, fearing cleverness for its own sake, but the shifts of perspective and chronology are not only easy to follow, but fascinating and enriching in their own right.
Had I read the novel in paperback, I would certainly have given 5 stars. The 3 stars (above) refer to specifically to the KINDLE edition. One chapter late on in the novel takes the form of the print out of a Power Point presentation. This makes complete sense when you read it, and is a rich way of dealing with material (no spoilers!), but on a Kindle it becomes virtually illegible. Changing the font size enlarges standard text, but not images. Amazon should provide a warning about this to anybody purchasing it on Kindle.
But I enjoyed the novel itself so much that I think I shall purchase a paperback copy and re-read it in due course.