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Shade by Neil Jordan
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Aug 30, 2011

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bookshelves: contemporary-fiction, historical-fiction
Read in August, 2011

I bought this book as a first edition paperback, read a few chapters and abandoned it as too difficult to get into.

So, almost a decade later, I found it on my shelf and tried it again. It is ridiculously hard to follow part I, because of the dual narration from the same character at two points in time. The book isn't plot driven, it's a study in four characters (although Janie, of the foursome, is left to founder somewhat).

I'm a fast reader, but the density and complexity of the narration meant I read this fairly short book very slowly, and often had to re-read sections to understand what was going on. I think this would have played a lot better as a theatre or film piece--which makes sense, as Jordan is also a screenplay writer.

Ultimately, I think this one will sit for a while and I'll read it again in several years, and hopefully it will make more sense then.
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