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Prague by Arthur Phillips
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Jun 26, 10

bookshelves: read-in-2010
Read from June 18 to 23, 2010 — I own a copy

Prague was long, and at some points a hard slog. What I found interesting about it was that, being set in 1990 (despite being written in 2002), it took on the tone of early 90’s “postmodern” writers like Douglas Coupland. I began to feel like it was unrelentingly cynical, laden with themes of nostalgia, modern meaninglessness and life in (what the author/authorial persona appears to consider to be) a cultural wasteland.

My favourite sections in Prague were those written from the perspective of Mark (a scholar interested in nostalgia), but this was maybe not what I was supposed to take away from it considering: [SPOILERS:]
1. Mark is actually insane
2. Mark gets written out midway through the book, never to return barring a brief cameo at the very end.

It’s worth a read, and I think Arthur Phillips has promise, but this isn’t a book to go on an all-time favourites list.

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