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4.0 out of 5 stars Admirable prose, but perhaps too one-dimensionable, 20 Mar. 2002
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This review is from: Embers (Hardcover)
Whilst I am always sceptical of a book that has received so much publicity, I bought it on the strength of its reviews. I was not disappointed and found it a compelling read. Its only weakness is perhaps in its translation. While it is clearly a book with its main strength in its literary imagery, the two words 'as if' crop up so many times as to be irritating.
On reflection, the immensely enthusiastic reviews state 'a conversation' between two ageing friends that had not seen each other for forty-one years. There was little conversation between the two men. The narrative was almost entirely Henrik's. Whilst this is a very clever achievement, I kept wanting Konrad to at least say something to give his character more dimension.

To conclude, although I have my criticisms, there are few (perhaps no) writers of today that can write such prose of such quality
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Initial post: 12 Feb 2012, 03:21:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Feb 2012, 03:30:49 GMT
CaSundara says:
I agree with you that 'as if' was repeated too often - as was the word 'grave'. And, like you, I also found it frustrating that Konrad rarely spoke and that his perspective was consequently lacking. Perhaps the one-sided nature of the conversation is a reflection of the relationship between Henrik and Konrad (from Konrad's perspective) and Henrik's marriage (from his wife's perspective)?

Regardless, this book made me stop and think in several places, and I would definitely recommend it to certain types of friends and read it again at a later date. I'd probably have given it 7/10 if possible. In its original language it might have warranted 8/10, but the repetitions let it down.
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