Dept. of Speculation
Publish date: October 7th 2014
Pages no: 192
Edition language: English
I just spent the last hour and thirty four minutes reading the entirety of a novel that left me unsettled, sad, and impressed. The text is primarily made up of short paragraphs, thoughts really, that include references and quotes and are somewhat a stream of consciousness but taking a form that is...
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill is a short novel that provides glimpses that, taken together, form a life. It is the story of a marriage through its ups and down as seen through the eyes of “the wife” - no name, just the wife. The book has a unique writing style that settles into a lyrical rhyt...
Heartbreaking and too familiar. I am very sad after reading this, even if the ending wasn't a breakup. :(
Two stars for the first half, four stars for the second, so I'll go with three overall. I was deeply ambivalent about the first 50 pages or so but found the second half to be genuinely moving.
Amazing how such a seemingly simple book can really cut to the quick.
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