The Light of Day – Graham Swift

05 Apr

This week’s featured archive post.

My latest fiction read from Surry Hills Library. I found it hard going at first, even annoying — “exasperating flatness” as one reviewer notes, but in time I warmed to it. There are plenty of viewpoints in the reviews linked here. I agree with this one: “The Light of Day is as close to seeming spoken as any novel I have read. It dares the ordinariness of flat, repetitious, unliterate narration. (…) Swift’s dare is worth the risks, however. The book’s pleasures, slowly coddled, take time to mature, but in the process they teach you the art of reading slowly and carefully, of maturing with the story.” – James Wood, London Review of Books.

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