Quite absorbing, this postmodern historical novel. Absorbing and intriguing. It's long, full of authorial asides, footnotes and epigraphs and has a catching story as well. The story is Victorian, the narrator is Victorian á la Dickens, but the whole novel reads like a parody of all that, a postmodern gimmick. But it's funny, thought provoking and reads like a train, albeit a long train. Excellent novel. (I like the ending confusion and author-as-character).

11 September 2008


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