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Hatchet Job of the Day


In his review of Tim Parks’s THE SERVER, Chris Cox created some bad karma:

The interwoven narratives – Beth’s thoughts and the man’s late-night scrawls – evoke the Buddhist concept of dukkha (suffering borne of confusion). But sadly, the main suffering is done by the reader. Few middle-aged male novelists should attempt to inhabit the minds of “feisty” young women and Parks proves no exception. Beth’s inner monologue – replete with sexual fantasies – is unconvincing and embarrassing.

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