After the incredibly rich and complicated achievement of _The Quincunx_, which "out-Dickensed Dickens," this short novel comes as a dash of ice water. The narration is cool, distant, and spare, and the protagonist, a young executive named David in a nameless European city that may be London or Edinburgh, decidedly unlikable. He meets and uses women right and left, never really clear about what he wants or is looking for. It would be nearly impossible to describe this book as enjoyable, but one may admire the excellent writing.
This report prepared by David Loftus