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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.
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.
The novel is close in theme, wartime setting and geographic detail to THE ENGLISH PATIENT (one wonders if its influenced the author).
This a truly original contemporary novel, combining elements of the historical novel, prose-poetry (even in translation), romance and even thriller. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stebbo
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 5 months 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 10 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 15 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 17 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 19 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 20 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 20 months ago by Roger Brunyate