Scarlett Thomas is a daring British writer who explores areas of contemporary thought where many will not go. This novel has a band of people who would have been beat or hippie in earlier eras, but live in a more contemporary world. I think her focus was her own Gen X, and I hope the millennials can find a writer of her quality. She deconstructs the world of patriarchy in funny and convincing ways, while keeping a postmodern tone. We grow to appreciate and like her cast of characters. I see lately she has moved into the world of young adult fiction. Her "The End of Mr. Y" seems to remain the book readers like most.
I took a couple of tries to get started, but I enjoyed it once I got going. The book is very much worth reading. Has lots of intelligent conversations that are very well written. Yes, it's about New Age stuff but it is not a New Age book. And although there is talk among the writer-characters about the "storyless story", the book does have a story - in fact, it has several.
Took a while to get into & I really wanted to give the main character a bit of a shake at times but ultimately I enjoyed this novel.
I tried very hard to read this, but I just couldn't.
Metaphysical chick lit? Ostensibly the story of a writer adrift in her career and relationship, the book quickly becomes, via the female protagonist’s whip-smart digressions, a meditation on the question of whether life and books are better off plotless.
#1 on the New York Times list of most anticipated fiction and nonfiction of fall 2010.
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