How come I know Murph’s name but not the bus driver’s name? Good question. I either completely missed it being mentioned in the narrative — perhaps one of his fellow bus driver friends dropped his name in conversation — or his name was simply never mentioned at all. For some, this may be a trivial concern. After all, there are stories told by an unnamed narrator — none come to mind off the top of my head, but I’m sure they are out there. However, for me, I was bothered by not knowing the name of the protagonist. Not knowing his name made me question who he was was as a person: What is he like? What does he do when he’s not driving a bus? Just who is this man?
Also, I found the story boring — way too much shop talk, i.e. talk about specific bus models; routes; officials; inspectors; time schedules; and, of course, the maintenance of headway. Also, who are these other people in the story? This time I know their names and that they drive buses (or are involved with buses in some other way) but that’s about it. For me, none of these individuals feel distinctive or have a sense of unique personality/identity.
While reading, I also kept wondering when was IT going to happen? — even though I don’t know what kind of IT I was expecting. Nothing, IMO, of any significance transpired in those first few chapters. Sometimes nothing happening in a book can be a beautiful thing, an everything, but for this story, it was not. So alas, I DNF’ed this book after reading 45 pages — the first three chapters. The book is slim at 160 pages, so I read 25% of the story.
The author, Magnus Mills, has won awards and was even short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. That sorta makes me feel that something is wrong with me rather than the book, but still, I stand by my initial feelings and review.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are my own.
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|Book rating||4.32 (342 votes)
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