The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester

The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester

So many people love this novel but I can’t get past the central character who for me is no more than a pompous fool, whatever mystery he might be sitting on top of, though for others he is a richly drawn and amusing character. For this kind of thing to work – a first person narrator who is deeply and horribly flawed – the writer shouldn’t get carried away, or should get more absurdly carried away: Nabokov’s Pale Fire is an excellent example of this type of thing done well. Lanachester’s novel is an example of it done, in my opinion, badly.

Mr A

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