Interesting. I will admit a got a little bored in certain sections of this read - not because the subject matter is boring but because the style of the prose was bland. There seemed to be a disconnect of emotion between the living and the telling.
I loved this book! Jacobs set a lofty goal for himself and writes about it with humour and insight. The sections involving his father were favourites for me as well as the (internal) competition he created with his brother-in-law who really is a Know-It-All. I highly recommend this book.
I wanted to like this book so much, unfortunately I just didn't love it. I enjoyed certain moments, certain sentences but, overall, I found it quite repetitive. I liked the characters and the premise for the story seemed promising however I was never fully engaged or excited about the story. Robinson's style and prose were clean and beautiful, that's for sure.
well...it was a mostly compelling story that kept me turning the pages but i will admit i did a bit of skimming in certain sections. not large chunks but i would notice myself doing it. like, sort-of tuning out when someone, in real life is going blah blah blah...i knew going into the story there was a twist. i didn't know what the specific twist was. but i figured it out long before it was revealed and then i kept thinking -- maybe that's not the twist? so was waiting for something else to happen.the book is okay. fine, even. it was a quick read and an interesting premise with some moments that were totally fascinating - the stagnation of a marriage and the crazy in people's heads. but it wasn't as dark and twisty as i thought it was going to be.
the novel had potential and interesting moments but overall, i felt the narrative was very choppy and the characters didn't really develop during the story. fascinating premise that just didn't quite become fully realized for me.
I found Vida's style to be sparse and very compelling. I read this novel in one sitting as I didn't want to interrupt the flow. Vida raises big questions about identity, truth, belonging and connections to the past. In her acknowledgements, Vida states it was an essay she read that "made her curious about the kind of person who would see their past as unconnected to their present". This novel was the result of trying to answer that question.