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Skios by Michael Frayn
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Jul 03, 2012

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The novel's multiple mistaken identities aren't plausible for a moment; mistakes could be easily sorted out if characters gave any serious thought to the situation. All this hardly matters when Michael Frayn sets in motion his madcap plot. The book is a wild, nonstop ride with many humorous twists and turns as well as some insights into the dysfunctional society we live in, particularly the society of foundations and erudite lecturers. So the book is fun, an enjoyable read from beginning to end. It's also insubstantial, a bit thin. As I recall, Frayn's Headlong, had more weight and an even more compelling narrative. Skios is a good, light novel; but when it comes to mistaken identities, don't mistake it for Headlong.

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