Another fascinating and thought-provoking work from one of Britain's most original contemporary writers. The novelist as collage painter?
Other works by this brilliant and repeatedly original author that I have read and reviewed in this blog include:
- The Accidental: a holidaying family is gatecrashed by a young woman
- There but for the: a set of stories linked by a man who, at a dinner party, locks himself into one of the upstairs rooms of his host and refuses to come out
- How to Be Both which has two halves which can be read in either order (and some copies of the book are printed one way and some the other): one half has a teenage girl trying to cope with the death of her mother; the other half is the exuberant reflections of a renaissance artist who was a woman pretending to be a man.
- Artful which is both a ghost story and a meditation on art
- Winter, another collage type work which weaves the story of a Christmas Carol with Cymbeline and the Nativity and reflects on Britain following the Brexit referendum.
- "Is there never any escaping the junkshop of the self?"
- "Don't just sit there like an unstrung puppet."
- "Crying came out of her like weather."
- "Like entering what you think is going to be history and finding endless sad fragility."
- "The symphony of the sold and the discarded. The symphony of all the lives that had these things in them once. The symphony of worth and worthlessness."
- "I like nakedness. I mean who doesn't to be honest? I'm a person. I'm an intelligent nakedness."