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This is a story about a man who leaves his seaside home to escape his memories, then returns to pick them up again, like driftwood.
It's very human. This makes it sweet and affecting in some parts, and repulsive in others. There are lots of physical, detailed descriptions of illness that almost put me off wanting to keep listening at times. In the end, they just work to give the story a bloody, gritty foundation.
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The narrator was excellent as he is in all the books he has read-he can make an audio book successful simply by his narration.
I had hoped that as a book shortlisted for the Booker Prize this would be good.
It's tiresome, poorly plotted, and completely overwhelmed by list-like description. The character of Cyril Parks (Cy) is interesting as a child but as the story moves through the next 60 years of his life, it becomes very tedious.