4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating and unpredictable,
By A Customer
This review is from: Journey to the End of the Millennium (Hardcover)
Some members of my book group found the language and complex sentence structure challenging or even slow going at first. But my own reaction was that the writing was both beautiful and (presumably) intended to evoke to some degree the profoundly different pace and feeling of life in the 10th century -- and it seems to do so. There is, I think, a subtle strain of humor that challenges a reader to discover it. Note: it is interesting to consider some of the evocations of events that were to occur in the 20th century, particularly the two great wars, and some similarities between this book and Auden's poem "Musee des Beaux Arts", written on the eve of the second World War. The ambiguity of the ending stimulated much discussion. I found it more bleak than others wanted to acknowledge.