So maybe it's just me? Lots of critics loved it....
“Exhilarating…A wildly imagined, head-spinning, deeply intelligent novel.” – The New York Times Book Review
Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi
What’s it about?
I cannot even begin to explain the plot- or the characters. It has something to do with fairy tales.... The writing is very pretty- just don't ask me what it is about.
What did it make me think about?
This book made me think about Ulysses by James Joyce. I hated that book! I must have tried to read it three or four times. Yet, it is always sited as one of the best books of all time. So I actually took a class on Ulysses. When you go paragraph by paragraph and really take the time and effort to understand what is behind each passage, you can see the brilliance. I am sure this is another such novel. I am sure it is brilliant- but it left me dazed and confused.
Should I read it?
I predict it will win the Booker Prize this year. Like all Booker Prize winners it is weird and somewhat hard to get through- but who knows... you might love it. Lots of critics loved it.
"So Harriet maintains her point, which is that joining isn't a question of effort or overextension thereof. You miss your chance to join several generations before birth."
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