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House of Sleep by Jonathan Coe
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Jul 16, 2010

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Read from July 09 to 16, 2010

A clever, fascinatingly plotted novel, House of Sleep had all the ingredients of a potentially great novel. Well-drawn, intriguing characters, at times vividly descriptive I did enjoy it.

However, I did feel kept at a distance. The multiple viewpoint third person narrative gave it a cinematic quality (apt in many ways, I know) that -- and this is more to do with personal preference -- didn't allow me all the way "in". I have a well-established dislike of novels that switch viewpoint mid-scene, I find it jarring and lazy, and whilst Coe handles these transitions far more skilfully than many, I was nevertheless left with the feeling of watching rather than being properly connected with the characters.

That said, an accomplished piece of work. I'll definitely read more.
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message 1: by Darcia (new)

Darcia Helle I'm not a fan of that type of viewpoint switch or the omniscient form of writing, either. As you said, it makes me feel too far removed from the story.

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