Martin Lewis reviewsThe Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood and The Rapture by Liz Jensen; Paul Kincaid also reviews the latter here, and between them I am convinced that I should read my copy sooner rather than later
The review of Generosity is very good. It’s good in the sense of positive, and it’s good in that it tells us what the novel is about. I can’t disagree with anything Tim Adams writes in it.
But my reaction was different. He describes Generosity as “compulsive.” I wanted it to be, and felt that it ought to be, but… it was easier to put down and take a break from that it was to pick up again. Had I bought it, I’d probably have finished it, but I wasn’t sad to give the library its copy back before I got halfway through.
I should add that I often find Powers hard going. The exceptions so far are Galatea 2.2 and Gain.
Andrew: I liked Generosity a lot, but it had an awkwardness about it, largely in the authorial interjections, that meant it didnt flow as well as it could.
There’s a lot to think about in Generosity, some interesting ideas and an absence of partiality that makes it provocative. What isn’t there is the genuine emotional beauty and sense of wonder that is in The Time Of Our Singing say.