What to say about this book? Hmmmm….
Its basically the story of Louis Ferdinand Bardamu (which it appears is a literary surrogate of the author himself.) and his journey through various times in his life, such as his time in WWI, the Colonies, his time in America with the Ford motor company and finally his life as a doctor in Paris.
Perhaps its just me getting older and not having to analyze books such as this under the microscope for GCSE’s (not that I ever did) but not doing that surely makes a person able to voice their own opinions about books and how it works for them. The book is very pessimistic coupled with wry humour. It even has some valid points, such as the manner of the military captains in World War I. He is disdainful of human nature but is a tricky character in general. As a reader I was perhaps blind to the faults he presented, but maybe I have excessively low standards as a reader and a person?
Most notably of all from this book is the colloquial style of the novel itself. It contains few paragraphs and the use of ellipsis is frequent. Its almost as if you are reading a 400 page conversation (or would it be a rant?) about the bad side of human behaviour. Perhaps I am looking at it from the point of view of a 21st century reader who expects a good book to be under 250 pages long with a romantic theme throughout and a one-sided but seemingly romantic hero?