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3 03 2016

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Just finished David Mitchell’s latest, “The Bones Clocks”. The first two chapters, about a teenage girl in rural English in the 1980s and a group of upperclass Oxbridge college students ten years later, respectively, blew me away. I was utterly absorbed into provincial Thatcherite teen ennui, then the rowdy student pubs of Cambridge with the astute characterisation and the spot-on dialogue attributed to these characters of different ages (and indeed, in different ages).

Unfortunately though, as the book went on, the dizzying cast of characters continued to expand, with ever-diminishing returns: a war reporter in Iraq, a jaded celebrity author and a cringeworthy Aboriginal character got roped in among others, in various locales around the globe, and the dialogue progressively lost its spark just as the plot got sillier.

Next up, Young-ha Kim’s “Black Flower”. I really enjoyed the Korean writer’s “Your Republic Needs You” so I’m looking forward to this one, based on the true story of early Twentieth century emigrants who left Korea for a new life in Mexico’s Yucatan.

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And after that, might try  Nordic silver fox of letters, Karl Ove Knausgaard.

 

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2 responses

4 03 2016
ib

Weird, I just bought Knausgaard myself! Oh, and ditto on your assessment of the Bone Clocks…

5 03 2016
ilbonito

Ooh snap! Thats a weird coincidence. Tell me if you think Knausgaard is worth a go when you’ve read it.

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