Monday, December 12, 2016

Serious Sweet / A.L. Kennedy, 479 p.

It seems that I and others blogging here have said this more than once:

This is a perfectly decent novel that needed a good editor to cut it in half.  

That is, it would have been a perfectly decent novel.  Uncut, not so much.  Set in contemporary London in one 24-hour period, this is the story of Jon, a civil servant on the verge of throwing away his career, and Meg, a shakily recovered alcoholic and bankrupt accountant.  The initial promise of the writing - the novel opens with a charming and witty scene in which Jon extracts a trapped bird in his house and struggles to deal with his subsequently dirtied clothing, all while late for an appointment - gives way to repetitive introspection that is fascinating in bits but exhausting as a whole.

Long-listed for the Man Booker.  Hunh.

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