Monday, October 17, 2016

Three Years with the Rat by Jay Hosking

Three Years with the Rat by Jay Hosking  
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 9th 2016 by Hamish Hamilton
Source: Received a print copy from Penguin Random House Canada


This is an intriguing read and yet I never really was too taken with it. It's a short book but a slow read even though it kept me interested. Really, nothing much happens and there is no discernable climax. A strange book filled with science and yet probably best classified as magical realism. The plot concerns time and a woman scientist who wants to discover how time can be experienced objectively rather than subjectively. In simplistic terms she wants to stop time so she can experience life on her own terms, to spend time alone without the constraints of real world time. The book covers a three-year time span in a non-linear manner with each chapter taking place during one of those three years. We follow her life and how she drags her boyfriend and brother into this experiment with her. I can't say much more but overall the book was easy to read but meandering and I never got involved or liked any of the characters making the read just ok for me.



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