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Neither the Best Nor the Worst,
This review is from: Remainder (Paperback)
I picked up this book on the basis of the strength of a review in Entertainment Weekly (an A-, I believe.) It might be worth the $9 Amazon is selling it for now, but don't go out and buy it at your local store for full price.
The beginning is a bit slow but, overall, the novel is not poorly written. It was an enjoyable read in general - right up to about the last few pages. Given what McCarthy has written and how, the story escalates the only way it can (savvy readers will see it coming) and yet, the end is unsatisfying. I found myself unsympathetic - or maybe unempathetic - to the main character and I had trouble believing & understanding his motivations. It felt like the book ended too early and there are several red herrings / character circular thought patterns that don't really lead anywhere.
I think McCarthy's book is a bit self indulgent. I think I was supposed to feel it was all very clever and cool but I feel like it was several hours that would've been better spent reading something else. That being said, it isn't the worst book I've ever read - it's squarely middle of the pack material.
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Initial post: Sep 10, 2011 2:45:36 AM PDT
To me, the narrator sounds a lot like the boy narrator of Mark Haddon's THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME. Although I know that McCarthy's protagonist is a grown man. In fact, I have trouble separating the two voices as I read.
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