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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy and Intriguing - just what I needed, 30 May 2009
This review is from: Thirteen (Paperback)
I devoured Thirteen in two days. It was exactly the kind of book that I felt like reading when I read it. Good place, good time.

Anyway, Stephen Bardot, a taxi-driving, failed businessman reflects on the world while driving his taxi. The world, time, and space, however, seem to do strange things once he has reached a dreadful enough level of fatigue: plastic bags become rabbits in a sideways glance, a house, once there, disappears. But the people he meets in this alternative reality seem to be present in his own world, to be recognised by people he knows to be real, to be able to affect him in ways that he didn't believe possible. Having read it so quickly, I almost feel like I should go back and re-read it to see if there are clues I missed, hints dropped that I did not pick up.

One of the few things I did not like about it was the author's use of italics on words that did not I believe require them. The ways he constructed the sentences naturally gave the words emphasis, then he gave them additional emphasis with italics. I didn't get it, I don't get it.

The book was recommended to me by Amazon's 'you liked that book, you might like this one' algorithm. I like Haruki Murakami's work, and consequently Amazon recommended Beaumont's Thirteen. Have a look for it if you appreciate books combining the surreal with a psychological drama.
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