Whence and Whither
Basho's Haiku


OutlineOutline by Rachel Cusk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I devoured this book. Rarely have I underlined so many sentences in a novel. There are so many insightful and profound ideas. I also found it incredibly funny. Often cackling out loud, which I also don't often do reading a novel.

By the halfway point I felt this novel a better representation of the genre than those I've read by Karl Ove Knausgaard to which they are often compared.

However, by the end, my view had slipped a little bit. Throughout she dropped hints about some of her own thoughts, but they never really appeared in any satisfactory form. Are they in the rest of the trilogy? Knausgaard almost overwhelms with his own thoughts.

By the final chapter, when one more dialogue partner was momentarily introduced, I was annoyed, which is not how one wants to feel at the end of a novel they have enjoyed.

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