A review of this — 5 years ago
I was torn. I didn’t enjoy the book, but less than I didn’t enjoy The Sea. It had some of the same problems – sentence and constructs designed to win awards (in my opinion) rather than to explain and entertain, although to a lesser degree. Also, I found that some of the passages were actually pretty, but these infrequent nuggets just weren’t enough to save the book for me. Also, after a time, the narrator’s unreliability eventually started to drag on me, and I just didn’t care for her as a person, which is a real problem for me, since with the parade of siblings and half-glimpsed ancestors, she’s the only person we’d have a hope of caring for, and if I don’t care about the people in the book, I generally end up not caring for the book. In the end, that’s what tipped me over into the “not worth consuming”.