The Fall of Light - Niall Williams


I'm not a great fan of magic realism. As an expression of cultural identity, it usually seems pretentious and inauthentic. Niall Williams does it better than most, but this story of a family struggling to reunite during the Irish potato famine soon becomes wearisome with its clogged metaphors, endless comparisons and oppositions, and relentless earnestness. Not a bad novel - just not to my taste.

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