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Girl Reading by Katie  Ward
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Jun 01, 2012

it was amazing

I admired many things about this novel - the intensity of the language, the vivid imagery and strong characterisation, the way the unusual structure stretched conventional boundaries - but what I enjoyed most was the exhilarating sense of having travelled, imaginatively, far and wide, through history, and into the future. With a quality of strangeness which is at first unsettling but becomes magnetic, the novel explores human imagination. In many ways, the form of the novel echoes its content.

I wondered, towards the end, how Ward would pull the various parts together to make a whole but the last section, both thought-provoking and intelligent, does that in a way which is most satisfying: it makes you think. A mysterious, haunting read and an exceptional, original voice.
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