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5.0 out of 5 stars moving, fascinating and compelling read once you pass the initial stream of conciousness, 26 Nov. 2011
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This review is from: The Blue Book (Hardcover)
For anyone thinking of giving up near the beginning, as a number of reviewers here have said, don't, persist and you will be rewarded.

I almost put it down somewhere around the 30-50 page mark where there's a long dense stream of conciousness, I persisted through this mainly due to the tantalising opening section where the book talks to you and /reads you/ rather than vice versa. It then opens into a multi-layered set of revelation with the whole coming together with a moving, clever and ironic ending that solidly ties the whole of the book together. I'd like to comment and discuss the ending more but it would be a dreadful spoiler.

If anyone can give any detailed insight into the the specific meaning of page numbering in the body of the book I'd be interested to hear.

Also mine was a library copy, I was supposedly the first reader but a number of the pages were dog eared, which made me wonder if this was another trick in the printing of this fine physical volume.

Was my first A.L.Kennedy, I'll be reading out more.
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Initial post: 11 Dec 2011 10:57:03 GMT
Roman Clodia says:
Good review - I loved this book too.

The page numbering relates to the codes that Beth and Arthur used - I can't say any more without spoiling it for new readers.

Posted on 13 Mar 2012 13:39:21 GMT
Tamara L says:
I suspect your library copy had spent some time in libraries with automatic bar code self-service machines. All the librarians in my local library now stand around looking surplus to requirement - which I suspect they soon will be when all the elderly readers have got the hang of the machines. Sad I think.
All the previous commentator said, you need to crack the code and then go back and look at the sections where the changes in page numbering fall. You will see that the numbers are signalling specific emotional states. A bit tricksy I think, but like you I found the book worth sticking with. Hope I haven't given the game away.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2012 12:29:35 BDT
BB says:
thanks, I need to re-read the book now I've bought it, I thought I'd seen the same codes on different pages with different meanings, which puzzled me.
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