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  1. I much prefered this to Never Let Me Go, pretty compelling and unputdownable. I remember reading this (oh it must be five years ago now… I'm feeling old) straight after Kafka's The Trial, and the similarities were pretty uncanny. I was also so paranoid I almost didn't leave my bedroom for the next week… :)

  2. this is one of the few books that i have actually put down. which was really quite frustrating 'cause i was very (and am still, damn it) intrigued by this book.

    maybe it was the pacing or the feeling that what i was reading was so utterly and completely inconsequential. i particularly remember that bit, right in the beginning (it would have to be, of course) where he's talking to the doorman about carrying suitcases and the interminable and nothing conversation that evolves about carrying suitcases.

    and the really frustrating thing is, is that as i write about this and think about that part of the novel, it makes me smile. i love that sort of thing. perhaps i should say, i have loved that sort of thing "on stage"? and maybe thats the difference.

    i don't know…

    it certainly seems interesting. maybe i'll give it another try sometime?

  3. Your review accurately captures the book's tone and feel. I really enjoyed this book – but I can't say why…

    I loved one part somewhere in the middle of the book where the narrator is visiting a couple older ladies (sisters?) and he looks in the mirror and sees himself – face reddened and shaking from side to side.

    I too couldn't quite get going with 'Never Let Me go' but enjoyed 'When We Where Orphans'.

  4. @ TGWAOF: I preferred the plot in Never Let Me Go, but some of the writing in this was just wonderful. You know, I don't think i've ever read The Trial. I must.

    @ Carl: any place is good :) I hope you had a great holiday. I'm sure you got loads of great pressies, and I'll be over to your blog to take a look soon.

    @ JP: I did get frustrated. Loads of times. But at the same time it was engaging and readable. I loved those conversations about nothing; and the importance of carrying a suitcase, not putting it down at all, when one is a porter, was wonderful. And I think that saying it made you smile but frustrated you at the same time is exactly how I feel about the book as a whole.

    @ red: Let me know how you get on.

    @ Glenn: thanks for stopping by Glenn. That scene was pretty odd. Ha, like the rest of the book wasn't.

    Am I the onle one who liked Never Let Me Go than?
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