Was talking briefly to Blakey about this book that I finished the other day. It has a strong posititive following and was nominated for the Booker Prize - which I have no real understanding of, kind of like seeing wines with the medal stickers on them “fuck, that must be a good wine”.
Anyway, I went on to read it and I couldn’t make any sense of what was going on. The story line jumped forwards/backwards/sideways and characters names also changed a bit.
I know a lot of people say that you shouldn’t waste time on a book you aren’t enjoying - but it was only a short read so I struggled on with it and hoping that it would just click at one point. It didn’t.
Sometimes I get the feeling that I just can’t read books that get a lot of praise for the way they are written (prose praise?). Sometimes I feel like the online reading reviewers is just one big circle jerk of people trying to sound smarter than the next. Kind of like a bunch of people arguing over what band is the best band in the world and I don’t recognise any of the bands so I just sit in the corner nodding like I know what is being said.
Having said all of that. That cover is absolutely beautiful. (Yes I know the saying!!)
ANYWAY. I have started another book to cleanse the palette of the Everything Under… I am very much enjoying The Road to Winter.