The Vegetarian: A Novel

eBook, 185 pages

English language

Published Feb. 1, 2016 by Hogarth.

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What a dreamlike story. Passages throughout where we don’t know who the character being followed is yet because it’s only narrated with pronouns, but we get clues based on what they’re doing and who might be doing that based on who else we’ve met in the cast of people who’ve showed up.

And such an enticing read that had me hooked with every line. The pacing was very well done, and the story traced a comfortably sized arc without being too long or too short. The vignette style writing at points, and the (again) dreamlike jumps in time to just the important bits helped achieve that smoothly. The writing was clinical and precise, almost like a poetic journalist. That too felt appropriate though, given the strictness of the society represented.

It is actually because of these strict, inescapable societal expectations that characters are forced to live in that they all …

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