Woman’s World — Graham Rawle

This is a hilarious and intriguing book, painstakingly written by assembling thousands of fragments from several decades’ worth of women’s magazines. The tone of the sentences is unmistakable.

I love the way that some of the word combinations lead to odd turns of phrase and overextended metaphors that you wouldn’t see in any normal book, such as

“My voice a light and airy soufflé, straight from the oven.”

“Roy nodded encouragingly, though his concentration had drifted out to sea in a small dinghy.”

The best part is that this method of construction isn’t arbitrary — in the end it becomes part of the plot itself. Very clever indeed.

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