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The gathering

by Anne Enright

I usually read the Booker winner and have as a result read a range of books. Some have been fantastic books, others have not been for me, but I have been able to understand what others might like about them. This one says on the cover: "Witty, original, inventive...utterly compelling" - I struggled to stay awake reading it, but perserved because some books take a while to get going and I felt that the end may make me understand the point of this book. It didn't, if you struggle with this, I would suggest throwing the book across the room and reading something more interesting like a washing machine manual. This book, is uniquely boring and unengaging with characters who you just don't care about. Why on earth did this even get published!

Suggested by Jenny, Reading

Tagged with: decides disquieting it-who nothing pointless winners?



Boring, crude with very little storyline, tedious. I certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
On the whole, I agree with Jenny. I found this book a real struggle to read; I really didn't like the characters at all. It's saving grace is that it was beautifully written. I really got into my psyche, which is possibly why i felt compelled to finish it (I normally give up if I'm not enjoying a book - life's too short and I have plenty of other things I want to read). And while a good book doesn't necessarily have to be enjoyable, I found this deeply disturbing. I would hesitate in recommending it to anyone.
Shirley, Melbourne

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