A Rag, A Bone, and a Hank of Links

3 thoughts on “A Rag, A Bone, and a Hank of Links

  1. The review of Generosity is very good. It’s good in the sense of positive, and it’s good in that it tells us what the novel is about. I can’t disagree with anything Tim Adams writes in it.

    But my reaction was different. He describes Generosity as “compulsive.” I wanted it to be, and felt that it ought to be, but… it was easier to put down and take a break from that it was to pick up again. Had I bought it, I’d probably have finished it, but I wasn’t sad to give the library its copy back before I got halfway through.

    I should add that I often find Powers hard going. The exceptions so far are Galatea 2.2 and Gain.

  2. He’s not someone who’s really been on my radar until a couple of years ago. But I have both Galatea 2.2 and Generosity in my TBR pile, and hope to get to them sooner rather than later.

  3. Andrew: I liked Generosity a lot, but it had an awkwardness about it, largely in the authorial interjections, that meant it didnt flow as well as it could.
    There’s a lot to think about in Generosity, some interesting ideas and an absence of partiality that makes it provocative. What isn’t there is the genuine emotional beauty and sense of wonder that is in The Time Of Our Singing say.

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