Do I need a tag for Satanism, or can I just file that safely under Christianity? *Ponders.*
So, ok, this didn't really work for me. It really should haDo I need a tag for Satanism, or can I just file that safely under Christianity? *Ponders.*
So, ok, this didn't really work for me. It really should have, it's got so much of the stuff I like - bizarre, multi layered frame story, twisty plot, farce, history, politics and an incredibly unreliable, doomed, obsessed narrator. And yet I was basically bored throughout. I don't know if it was the writing, or the need to keep track of the characters who I honestly couldn't tell apart or the way it takes on history I don't know enough about (Italian unification, for example) to see what he's trying to say there, but I struggled to finish it. The ending too was a particular letdown, since I did want to know the resolution to one central mystery and turned out as a bit of a cop-out, to my tastes. Theres was also a sudden flip into an expectation that we slightly pity the incredibly odious narrator - which i'm fine with, really, only why did it come at the very end? I think I would have enjoyed the book a lot more if the preceeding four hundred pages had been written with the same eye, instead of him just being repetitively slimy.
And, oh, yeah - everything is about the holocaust again. ...more
I probably wouldn't have picked this up by its own description, but I loved Air so much i'll basically give anything by Ryman a shot, and in this instI probably wouldn't have picked this up by its own description, but I loved Air so much i'll basically give anything by Ryman a shot, and in this instance, i'm glad I did.
Michael, a gay London scientist, gains a sudden ability to materialize copies of people - alive, dead, fictional - that he wants to have sex with. When he wants them to, they vanish back into the ether, no consequences.
Remarkably, Ryman manages to spin this out into an entire novel without it getting stale. Even more unusually, to my reading habits at least, is that the stakes always stay firmly on Michael - the only thing in the balance of the entire book is whether Michael will be happier or more miserable at the end.