Monday, May 25, 2015

Reader's Diary #1158- Jo Lennan: How is Your Great Life?

 

Jo Lennan's "How is your great life?" asks the title question ironically. Not that the lives of Ana and Arjun are the worst lives ever, in fact Arjun's has some appearance of improving, but there's a pervasive unhappiness throughout this go-nowhere story. I can say that I'd have found the bleakness rather annoying (too much ennui killed Neville, remember) but the Japanese setting at least kept it tolerably interesting.

I also kept expecting Arjun and Ana to hook up, but (spoiler alert) they never do. I can't decide how I feel about that. It would, obviously, have been predictable, but at least it would have been something. I found the story strangely oppressive, claustrophobic, like settling for a mediocre existence. Perhaps that something.
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