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Fascination by William  Boyd
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Apr 16, 2007

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bookshelves: fiction, short-stories

There were a few too many stories that I'd probably appreciate a lot more if I was a man going through a midlife crisis. I am quite biased, but I find these types of characters a) boring and b) creepy. There were a few moments that made me wonder whether it was the narrator or the author himself who completely lacked self awareness (for example, a married middle aged journalist blithely propositions his 19 year old interview subject, with little acknowledgment of her extreme discomfort), and a bit of sloppiness (two subsequent paragraphs describing "thin, pale thighs", etc).

HOWEVER. It's a quick read with mostly decent stories, and a couple really great ones which did not star lecherous 55 year olds. 'The View from Yves Hill' (narrated by an eccentric old man who manages to make his crazy crazy crazyness sound comletely reasonable) is particularly fun. Also loved 'Incandescence' and 'The Mind/Body Problem'.

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Robert Does this mean I'm going through a midlife crisis? I'm only 30!

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