Saturday, August 05, 2006

Checking Out

#26 - "Hotel World" by Ali Smith

Odd little number here, a book I've had for a while but that was somewhat forgotten on the shelves. Vignettes featuring five women, one of them a ghost, all coming together at a London hotel one winter night.

The book relies quite a bit on wordplay, often to good effect, though sometimes it's just a distraction. The characters are rather broadly painted, as well. That said, I enjoyed this -- it's oddly affecting -- and would be interested in reading Smith's books written since; I get the feeling there's more potential than is realized here. A fun, quick read, regardless.

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