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This is a special book which I think may have been a bit hampered by the "gimmick" of being a single sentence. It didn't need the gimmick, it stands on its own. The structure suited the book perfectly, I think the "press" about it just blew it out of proportion. (Though I listened, I also went through some parts in the print version.)
It's a beautiful story of a man reflecting on his simple, complex life. Aside from the structure of the novel, there was nothing particularly original about the story - it was just so deftly told.
Reading stream of consciousness writing is not my thing at all so I decided to listen to this one on audio. Part of me wishes I'd read it, but I'm not sure I would have made it through. Aside from that, this was a STELLAR audio. It's one of those books that was made for audio and the narrator was absolutely perfect.
I finished 36 hours ago and it's still kicking around in my head. As I think about it in relation to the other Booker short listed books (as much as I loved all of them) I do still feel a bit surprised this didn't make the shortlist.
A worthy book I never would have read had it not been for the Man Booker.
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First time I’ve been moved to write a review; I’ll keep it short. Simply superb book, that draws you in through an overlapping series of banal anecdote and conversation until you unwittingly find yourself wholly inhabiting the main character. A great achievement which is only added to by an exceptional narrative performance in this edition. Can’t recommend enough.