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  1. I do want to read it now but I also don’t feel the urge to rush out and buy it. So I’ll probably get to it in a few years time!

  2. Our library doesn’t have it so I’ll have to try and get it through the inter-library loan system. Or wait and see if I come across a secondhand copy!

  3. Your comment on my review reminded me to come back and see what you meant when you said that we had different reading experiences of this one (I meant to, but I forgot).

    So, now I see what you meant, and obvs this book isn’t to your taste. But he doesn’t need to “do better”: he’s done an outstanding job! :D

    I’d agree that it’s a slow and dense read, but, really, this is shortlisted for the Giller, so there are bound to be some more cerebral works on the list, no? It’s not Canada Reads. Which I don’t mean as a slam against Canada Reads, but shouldn’t a prizelist also be about skill and crafting, not necessarily trying to please as many readers as possible?

  4. Yes, I know what you mean. And I think that’s how I always read things-how is this going to please a reader? Which isn’t always fair, because something like the giller prize doesn’t always put the reader first, but it doesn’t have to either. Awarding ‘craft’ is just as important.

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