Thursday, December 22, 2016
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
In other hands (mine included), this would be an epic, a sprawling chronicle of events and relationships spread out over dozens of chapters. But not so here. This is like the book 'Homegoing' in that it tells a very big story in a series of short vignettes over about three hundred pages. Not only are whole decades missing, but they’re also repeatedly presented out of order. The reader is not so much told this story as allowed to listen in from another room as a door swings open and closed. We are ease dropping and drawing our own conclusions, Just brilliant and possible to read in a long afternoon.