Shantytown by Cesar Aira — A Review

Shantytown by César Aira

My rating:

Meh. That pretty much sums up all my thoughts on this book.

I read this for the Read Harder Challenge 2017, and it was definitely that…a challenge.

Maybe it’s just because I read this slow-moving and ponderous novel after reading a LOT of YA and fantasy, which was fast-paced and easy to read, that I didn’t like Shantytown. Somehow though, after reading it, I still have no idea what it was I just read. My brain did not latch on to this story or its characters at all.

I finished this back in July and jotted down the above thoughts in all of two seconds. Then I decided to let it marinate a while before I published a review, thinking maybe with time I would gain some sort of insight into the complexities of the novel. But that didn’t happen. In fact, this novel was incredibly forgettable. I don’t even remember the main character’s name at this point. I still remember a few of the scenes. The author’s descriptive writing was very good, but I have NO idea what the point was.

Not going to recommend it.

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