Saturday, February 18, 2006

20. "Arthur and George" ~ Julian Barnes

The same people who loved Banville's The Sea worshipped this novel.

I attempted to read this five times before reaching the 48th page, which is where I became slightly interested.

Barnes writes with understatement, like a police officer relating the news of a car wreck. Fine for a 200-page novella. Ridiculous for a 400+ page epic.

While the researched fictional piece is usually a favorite of mine, I skipped three hundred pages and didn't miss a thing. Was Barnes as bored writing this as I was reading it?

.5 out of 5.0 Alcomas.

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