I finished this book last month, and am only just posting about it now; partly owing to work/stress/moving house, partly because I didn't know what to say.
To begin with, I should say that I read this book based solely on the fact that it won the Man Booker last year. No one recommended it, and I had no clue as to what it was about.
The first paragraph was one of the best openings to a book I have ever read, and I felt completely hooked. However, from that point onwards, it felt like one long, never ending sentence, that made me oh so tired. As the too long, too complex sentences stretched on, I found it quite inaccessible. Satires are not my thing, but I tried to persevere. When attempting to describe what the book was about to friends, I found that in stripping away the actual plot from the structure and form, I was describing an incredibly relevant, innovative and wholly essential story; one that I wanted to read! Yet I wasn't enjoying reading it. I often found myself going through swathes of text again and again trying to find some sense, however, it was bookended by pages of superb, slap-in-the-face writing that I loved, and really shook me. Essentially, I didn't like it. It made me feel stupid, but not in a way that spurred me to further educate myself.
It put me into a bit of a reading slump, and has pushed me a little behind in my challenge. So, any recommendations of brilliant 'un-put-down-able' books, please fire away!
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