The Book of Strange New Things, by Michel Faber

Thrice Told

The Book of Strange New Things: A NovelThe Book of Strange New Things: A Novel by Michel Faber
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The last update I did on this was “There it is.” But there it was not. It’s an interesting book that can get you excited, let you down, and convince you it’s your own fault.

The Book of Strange New Things seems to want to be a meditation on a number of things: culture, romance, conversion, and faith to name a few. Yet it never seems to full rise to the occasion. It’s more a series of intense daydreams. There is a sense of ongoing, rising action, yet there is no conflict. Or maybe it’s that there’s no meaningful conflict which could advance the plot leading to a climax. Faber’s technical skill is evident, but as engaging as the novel was at point, it ends coldly and without resolution, as if one morning…

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