Via A Practical Policy, I note Ian Sinclair reviewing John Berger's From A to X:

Ultimately, though, this is a disappointing and strangely unmoving read. The limits of the novel’s unusual structure are often painfully clear - there is a complete lack of narrative tension and regular, awkward passages that are clearly written for the reader’s benefit, rather than the intimate thoughts of separated loved ones.

In addition, A’ida’s letters, which are supposed to be profound musings on life, longing and resistance, often come across as embarrassingly pretentious waffle (more...)

Readers Comments

  1. Hi

    This isn't THE Iain Sinclair. He just doesn't write like that - and what are the chances that the author of bestselling books would review for the Morning Star and Peace News? (No disrespect to those papers!) But will Verso be tempted to put on the paperback jacket: "An enigmatic work, full of controlled, precise prose" - Iain Sinclair ? Nah, we've had plenty of rave reviews elsewhere!

    BTW After a sell-out event at the ICA last night, John Berger is talking at Mayfair Curzon Cinema tomorrow night (Thursday 25th September) after a screening of the film Robert Guédiguian film 'La Ville Est Tranquille' - tickets are still available.

  2. Hehehe -- yup Ian not Iain. Confused me at first!

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