43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Enigmatic, awkward to read, yet with a poignant core,
This review is from: The Dog Stars (Hardcover)
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In essence this is a classic post-apocalyptic novel. The civilised world has been destroyed by plagues and climate change, and the few survivors have descended to a "kill or be killed" lack of morality, and struggle after vanishing resources.
And yet our narrator somehow manages to survive in a fragmentary existence, kept alive by his passion for flying his old Cessna airplane and the help of a single neighbour he forms an uneasy alliance with.
The narration is awkward. To read. Like this because. Drifts away into. Sentences are shorter than. Proper sentences sometimes happen. Lucid thoughts occasionally clarify.
See what I mean? That is not a direct quote, but an example of how his style works. It is awkward and clumsy, and that is why it took me the best part of three months to finish reading it.
There is a good story in there, but it takes some heavy weeding to get to it. I think the disconnected style is too detrimental, and for me that has definitely lost it a star.