by Stanley Middleton
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Holiday 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
manbooker1989 More than 1 year ago
I was actually thinking this was going to be a really good book. But. It was well written an dull as dishwater. Nothing really new, ideas/theories came from this Man Booker Prize-winning novel. I mean, the story is about a man who has temporarily left his wife, but it seems to deliver the same-old same-old kind of stuff. I will say, though, that Middleton does achieve a phrase or two that excite and give a pretty picture. But he is not the philosophical artist that other British authors who win the Booker seem to be. There are minute plot branches that do not stretch far enough and Middleton has a very bad problem of making the flow broken at the worst times. He does not shift from past to present gracefully (I kept comparing him to Banville's The Sea, only Banville does it right), and he rather confuses the reader with his uncertainty of place/time. Yet I will say that the book was able to evoke a sense for or a want for home; the idea that a holiday is an excursion and will soon fade and be over. Indeed, I can see why i have never heard of this author (even when he jointly won the Booker).