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This review is from: Austerlitz (Paperback)
Hmm. This was recommended to me by a friend whose opinion I trust. I got about 100 pages in and gave up. Then my book club decided to read it, so I ploughed through to the end. Was it worth it? I think so, on balance. It's an unusual book (no paragraphs, grainy smudged photos peppered throughout), and when I started I loved the whole Kafka-esque, Mitteleuropa tone. However, the funereal pace, the meandering and apathetic plot got to me in the end. I had twenty pages to go until the end and happened to pick up another book and start reading. I think it speaks volumes that I wasn't desperate to finish Austerlitz, even that close to the end, to find out what (if anything) happens. In some ways I think it's one of those books that you have to consume in one sitting. Reading 10 pages a night will make you run screaming to the window, to throw the book - or yourself - out.