Sep 07, 10
Read from August 21 to September 04, 2010
** spoiler alert **
Well, I hear that this isn't Zadie Smith's best work and now I'm saddened because I now have no desire to read anything else she has ever written. It was a struggle to get through this, and frankly I'm not even sure why I gave it three stars. In fact, I'm changing it to two right now. Okay, done.
Both the language and characters are incredibly mundane. INCREDIBLY. I could not sympathize with Alex at all, ever. He was the flattest character ever. In fact, all of the characters were flat. Even Kitty Alexander, the once-famous movie star who he FINALLY meets after years is just this boring old woman. The ending was so muddled and blah and quite frankly, I hate myself a little more for reading this entire novel. I had a bad vibe around page 15 but because I have this obsession with finishing every book I start, I forced myself to finish it.