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I think it has been slightly over publicised because it's not a blockbuster, but take time to appreciate it and savour reading it.
Really, the author does not appear to understand the nature of language, since the amnesiac manages to describe his experiences before he acquires language.
It's not often that I don't finish reading a book but I persevered with this one and in the end just drifted away from it but I might come back.
This novel is a rather profound meditation on the meaning of identity and the role that language and memory play in forming a person's sense of him or herself. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alan A. Elsner
When I came across this novel on the fiction shelf of the library, my first thought was that it must be misplaced from the language section. Read morePublished 6 months ago by sally tarbox
only read it in its entirity because it was the set book for my bookclub - our first experience of setting a book after 20 years of being a group and a dire start to reading the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Annie Scott
Overall a disappointing book. I picked it because I am fascinated by the relationship between language and perception, and language and identity. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Liz
I get it that this novel was exploring some pretty weighty themes - war, sense of identity, is it better to forget or remember, what role country plays in who we are - but I really... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sarah Fyfe
I spent the greater part of this novel distarcted by the understanding that without language one cannot make sense of the world, not truly anyway, and especially one cannot narrate... Read morePublished 16 months ago by K. Ash
Michael Ondaatje's THE ENGLISH PATIENT may be the most obvious of the literary influences that hover over this dense but fascinating novel, but it is by no means the only one;... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Roger Brunyate
It's not often that I don't finish reading a book but I persevered with this one and in the end just drifted away from it but I might come back.Published 18 months ago by reposr