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by Niall Duthie
Niall Duthie's triumphant third novel: a pillow book (designed to be read in ten-minute stretches before bed) about the nature of perception in the twentieth century Lobster Moth is two stories: that of a lepidopterist, Robert Gilmerton, a Scottish soldier recovering from his wounds in a convalescent home in1916; and David Orr, an actor/filmproducer at the end of the ...more
Published 2000 by Fourth Estate
(first published January 1st 1999)
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I'd give the start of the book a higher rating. It rambles between topics in a way some people would find frustrating and I find charming. As it took on a more defined shape I liked the whole thing less, but that probably says more about me than the book. I wanted to read the book this book is about instead, I guess.
"I am always amazed that people behave as if butterflies and moths do not exist. They do not see them. I put it down to dull self-concern in most cases, in the others, to a habit of mind in which any possible flutter or figment has been resolutely excluded."