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Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Man Booker Winner - The Gathering by Anne Enright

I am not a big fan of the Booker prize winners on the whole and this is no exception. Anne Enright does write lyrically, but after a while it appears rather self conscious. This is a really bleak book and certainly one could not describe the read as enjoyable. It also has the Booker hallmarks of being difficult to fathom, memories turning out not to be memories, confusion and general murkiness. It also does not really seem to go anywhere, there is no plot as such, nothing appears to be resolved and no decisions are made, perhaps that is true to life but does not, I think, make great fiction.

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