A luminous debut novel of modern alienation, of the sinister beauty of the human body and of the enduring splendour of the natural world.
During a sweltering South American summer, a family convenes for dinner at a restaurant. Midway through the meal, Carlos disappears. An experienced, semi-retired inspector takes the case, but what should be a routine investigation beco...more
This is one of the weirdest book I have ever read...
If I had a nickle for everytime someone said to me "you have never read anything like this", and after reading I would conclude that I had most definitely read many things like it, I would be a rich woman.
Not this time; I ACTUALLY think I have never read anything like this before.
The book starts off as a regular detective novel, with the mysterious disappearance of man, and a retired detective being called in to investig ...more
Firstly, I would outright declassify this as "crime fiction" (I recall seeing it shelved as Scottish Crime fiction at the Book Festival? I could be mistaken). The Inspector (our unnamed protagonist) is called to solve a missing person's case, but the details surrounding the case enter into the realm of the surreal from the very first interview, when the missing victim's mother ...more
It is supposed to be a mystery. A young man disappears from a family dinner, and a veteran detective goes off on a search for him. But ...more
I was so ready to love this book for all it's weirdness. I saw so many reviews that stated this was a book you've never read anything like before, and probably never will again and that excited me, but, I've just lost interest.
I've tried to push myself hard with this one because I've been so intrigued for so long but I'm losing me head with it. It's so unique and weird that it just becomes confusing - or maybe I'm just simple - but I can't get on with a book that mixe ...more
Certainly not for me, and I am ...more
What the fuck did I just read? Seriously, I think I really liked it, but it was fucking weird and I'm not sure if I understood it. But, if you like the weird and the surreal and books that challenge your perception of reality, you should pick it up.
Would you be missed? Would people know where to look? More importantly, would people know how to look?
This is, in a fashion, the thrust of Martin MacInnes' first novel, Infinite Ground. It's a detective story – more or less – but that's a bit like saying that Gravity's Rainbow is a war story. There's a bit more to it.
The missing continue to be involved in essential processes such a...more
So what do we know. The setting is somewhere in South America along the valley of the river Parana. This means that the country could be Paragua ...more
The premise is interesting and there are lots of good ideas in here, the writing is good and it' ...more
The ambiguity of it almost made me mark this a four star read, because I'm not the biggest fan of it, and some strands were discarded, but I'm certain that would have been a conscious choice on the part of MacIn ...more