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I got this book because of the fact that it won the Giller Prize and there were much critical acclaim written about it. The author has a background writing poetry... and the book certainly reflects that upbringing. Sometimes the prose in the book feels like beautiful poetry that gives the story a level of depth. But the poetry style also works against the story in times... making it feel chopped up and awkward.
So in the end, the trait that makes the book refreshing and beautiful turned out to be its Achilles Heels as well.