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A clever trick?,
This review is from: Morvern Callar (Paperback)
While there is no doubt Morvern Callar is fabulously written, filled with many many beautiful liquidy lines, and while I admire the narrator's voice with its range of ticks and idiosyncrasies, even after finishing it I still don't know if this a good book, or just an average story well told. On the plus side, there's a great sense of compression, and we leap over increasingly wide time spans as Morvern learns about life beyond the port town; the way the story is told, with almost no internal reflection of events, is a fine way of showing her alienated/ambivalent psychology. On the negative side, the plot feels very slight. The boyfriend dies at the start, is disposed of easily, and then only appears at appropriate times to dole out free cash from beyond the grave. Many of the plot lines go nowhere. The first half is slow, almost tension-free, and it was only the quality of the writing that kept me reading.
So, recommended, overall, but with reservations.