Thursday, September 20, 2007
71. "Consolation" - Michael Redhill
If it's any CONSOLATION, this book won the 2007 Toronto Book Award. As a CONSOLATION prize to the other authors, know that you didn't have a chance unless you wrote about Torontonian (yes, that was the official word) history.
But this is not a CONSOLATION to readers of the book who reside elsewhere. Instead, you must read it yourselves to understand the heart-wrenching CONSOLATION of reaching the end of the book to say...
1853 photography, opium, pharmaceuticals, hotels, London. Topics were interesting enough. Book receives the CONSOLATION prize of the week.
Was that annoying? Indeed. Now you have a sense for how I felt after reading this book and despising its characters.
.5 out of 5.0 Canadian Car Bombs.