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How do you review a book when the novel you read is likely to be different from that of any other reader? The seven volumes of The Angel Suicides can be - indeed are intended to be - read in any order. All 5,041 of them!
This is a book about death in all its forms, and how family and duty transcend it. The tragedies we encounter here are often self-made, but - even after death - there is still the hope of redemption.
None of this would matter if the writing wasn't consistently good. I was reminded of Beckett at his most darkly comic and wits with that essential touch of empathy, from Flann O'Brien to Ross O'Carroll Kelly,
EV RAY'S DAY