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.