09 July 2014

The Blazing World ~ Siri Hustvedt


Didn't set me on fire!
Arty-farty (but more hot air farty)

I am an unrepentant, self-admitted non-fan of modern art and modern art was at the non-beating heart of this book.  For me it became an ordeal to read - I felt a sense of intellectual alienation with it esoteric referencing.   

The narrative was filled with irrelevant detail and wallowed in pretentiousness.   I didn't feel any empathy towards the two dimensional characters and the vagueness of the structure annoyed me.  The  story is told through a collection of texts but in this regard I felt it was a major fail without significant differentiation of voice from one entry to the next.