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It took me a while to get acquainted with the style of writing both in parlance and in chronology. For me it really clicked after the chapter on Slawkenbergius's nose chapter. I highly recommend reading along with an unabridged physical copy because of things like the black page.
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This is regarded by many people who study literature as one of the great books of humanity. So it's ridiculous for me to review it here. But I honestly understood very little of this book. Keep in mind that I loved Moby Dick, Middlemarch, To the Lighthouse, Don Quixote, Crime and Punishment etc. But this book was mostly beyond my comprehension. There is not really a story. Just an incredible compilation of digressions. It's incredibly self-referential and self-aware. The author talks directly about why he has written what he has written and plays with the medium in very modern ways. The constant allusions to classical literature were largely beyond me as was most of the book. I wanted to love it, but just couldn't.
The narrator seemed quite good to me. I don't think his performance had anything to do with my problems. Without hearing a better performance it's hard for me to imagine what else he could have done. He was incredibly clear and gave a subtly different voice to each character.
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