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Oscar And Lucinda by Peter Carey
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Sep 17, 2007

it was ok

I caught a radio program of CBC Radio the other day. It was on the state of books and publishing. Apparently, last year 200,000 books were published in the U.S. alone, and 20,000 in Canada. And here in Canada, for every book accepted for publishing, 100 were refused. Those are discouraging figures for writers, but also adds anxiety for readers. There are so many books to chose from, and so little time. And apparently, this reader anxiety is widespread. I can relate!

I didn't like this story, so technically speaking, I should be giving this 1 star. But Carey writes so well, and this looong love story will certainly appeal to many readers, but I didn't care for it much (I was expecting somehing edgier), nor could I connect with the characters. And, I feel guilty for not finishing the novel! But who knows, maybe I'll try again some day. And I'll certainly be trying out his collection of short stories.
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