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This review is from: Just Like Proper Grown-Ups (Paperback)
This book was a huge problem for me. I didn't know whether the author had written anything before - I prefer in some ways not to know and to evaluate books as they stand. But it isn't.
My first take on the book is that the endless, rambling discussions might eventually lead somewhere, but in a distant fashion, you feel like you are reading Samuel Becket's Waiting for Godot.
And nothing happens. This is partly my fault - nothing happened as far as I could tell. I struggled for ages just to force my way through it.
I admire the intent. Four characters, emotionally destitute, somehow are linked because one of them is going to have a baby. This could have made an interesting story in principle; but the characters have no humour and are so blank that any sympathy for them would come from music that you might be listening to while you are with the book, an accidental feature, as it were.
At the end I felt as if I had met no characters at all and read no story. Maybe that is exactly what was supposed to be the general effect; but I could tile our bathroom and have the same sensations, probably.