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Blinding Light by Paul Theroux
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Feb 07, 2008

did not like it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in November, 2007

I didn't enjoy this book. Although I like Theroux's writing style and the cut glass quality of his descriptive passages, I found the overall work to be pretentious and self-serving. The characters were uniformly unlikable, and I think that was my biggest problem with the book - there wasn't a single character one could empathise with, let alone feel a sympathy for. I didn't mind the pace or the plot or the 'dirty' subject matter, just simply that I didn't see any justification for it, either character driven or moral. Perhaps I wanted there to be a lesson, a reason, and ultimately a glimmer of redemption. But there was none.
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