‘Admirable for its scope, ambition and unashamed seriousness of purpose, as well as its willingness to take stylistic and structural risks’ says Julie Myerson of The Observer. And there are many more positive reviews that very often settle on the word “wisdom” to describe this book. It is an interesting book, but I wonder at what wisdom it contains. The story follows some guy wandering around the city looking for an apartment in a desultory fashion, and it is written beautifully and simply, but whenever it tries on the wisdom it falters and annoys. It’s a shame he tries to be wise; these efforts undermine and otherwise well put together novel. Does he get that apartment in the end? It doesn’t really matter.