Review – The Battle of the Sun

Posted July 29, 2018 by Nicky in Reviews / 4 Comments

Cover of The Battle of the Sun by Jeanette WintersonThe Battle of the Sun, Jeannette Winterson

I remember quite enjoying Tanglewreck, so I was somewhat surprised to be rather unhappy with The Battle of the Sun. The opening is fairly promising — the description of Jack being so, so eager for his spaniel, so full of thoughts of the spaniel, that he’s practically a spaniel himself, it really works and paints exactly the picture it needs to. Not that vivid imagery has ever been a problem for Winterson, and it’s so surprise that her writing is poetic and vivid and phantasmagoric.

However, it’s also quicksilver, jumping from thought to thought, and things aren’t explained — they just happen, one after another, and who knows why? I can’t remember if I found Tanglewreck to be like that, but I can’t say I enjoyed it in this book. In the end, I zipped through to the end on my ereader and put it down with a sigh of relief. Just not one that worked for me.

Rating: 2/5

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4 responses to “Review – The Battle of the Sun

  1. I’m not a fan of books that jump around and seem confused about where they are going. I like the spaniel stuff and the cover. What a shame it didn’t work out for you.

  2. My impression of this exactly, and a huge disappointment after ‘Tanglewreck’. However, I’ve ‘Lighthousekeeping’ by Winterson still to read which, as far as I can see, also features Silver, so I hope to pick that up soon and hoping it’s more promising.

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