i have to put this aside for a little even though i'm close to the end because it's messing with my mind. quite apart from that, i'm liking it but not...morei have to put this aside for a little even though i'm close to the end because it's messing with my mind. quite apart from that, i'm liking it but not loving it. some sort of magical realism that seems to creep into the sections with the detective and the mother (and in the intersections between these sections and the lowboy sections) seems to me unconvincing. maybe it's just bad synchronicity. maybe it's a mystery that will be explained later. still, i find it irritating. i'm keeping track of all the incongruities and feeling thrown by them. unless, as i said, there is a grand explanation at the end that makes sense of it all. but then i'll be annoyed to have had to wait so long with so little guidance and so little incentive to find the key.
likewise, i find the writing a bit cold. i don't know how to characterize it otherwise. it's as if wray wanted to give us a sense of the inner life of these people but managed only to describe it from the outside. maybe too many words?
lowboy the character, on the other hand, is immensely captivating. i want to meet him and ride the train with him.(less)