heard this book recommended by several book-tubers and my goodness was it worth
it! And, at only 215 pages long, it was the perfect way to ease me back into
reading contemporary fiction after a semester of writing and eighteenth century
first thing to say about this book is it’s layout. I’ve never seen a book quite
like this. Complied of a series of dictionary entries we see fragments of a
relationship between two unnamed people displayed for us to collect together.
This book is quite unlike anything I’ve read, some entries a word or sentence,
others a page or two long, and completely out of any form of chronology, this
is the kind of book that makes you work to find out the story, but it is so
satisfying once you get into it. As it’s so short, I would recommend reading
this in one sitting if you can, it shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours
and it would allow you to retain as much of the story as possible so it’s
easier to piece together. We never learn the whole story, which in some books
can make for an uncomfortable reading experience, but in this story I really
got the sense thatLevithanknew exactly what happened and was
simply choosing to show his audience the key moments.
this isn’t enough to convince you to read this book, the maybe the language
will. In places this book is like reading poetry, the language glistens and
glides along the page as if every word was exactly constructed. The entry
titles in this are a huge part of the narrative, and occasionally are more revealing
than the entry itself. Simple but stunning.
highly recommend this book for a young adult to adult audience (I picked it up
in the adult section of Waterstones but it could belong in either). This book
is also a very ‘writerly book’, so if you are interested in writing creative
fiction, then it really gives a new and innovative way of telling a narrative
and using language.
gave this book 5/5 on Goodreads, and fully intend to read it again as soon as I
have the chance. If you’re planning to read this book or have read it already
let me know your thoughts on it!