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A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks
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Jul 09, 2014

it was ok

What do you do if you're an established novelist and your recent output consists of a few false starts that are no more than longish short stories? Then you're put under pressure because your publisher is clamouring for a new novel. This is what it looks like here.
You give the false-starts quasi-endings, cobble them together and call the whole thing 'A Novel in Five Parts'. It would have been more honest to call it Five Possible Lives.
Unlike many of the reviewers before me, I couldn't find the common threads between the stories or any links that turn them into a cohesive whole.
The writing is of a very high standard and I enjoyed each story. Like another reviewer I approached the last of them anticipating a clever link that would tie them all together. It didn't happen.
I wanted to read Sebastian Faulks's latest novel. A Possible Life is not it.
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