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An Imaginary Life by David Malouf
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Jan 04, 2010

did not like it
Read in December, 2009

The set up is great, the individual sentences often exquisite...but the novel falls flat. Bizarrely for a book about the racy and kinetic Roman poet Ovid, it was almost anti-Ovidian in style, plot and characterization. No wit, no energy, no urbanity, no sex, scandals or romantic cynicism. Reading it put me to sleep, and not in a good way. Last thing Ovid would have wanted.

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