Alice brings meaning to his urban existence. But true love never came easy and soon devotion leads Will to something darker.
The Bird Room is a candid, funny and joyous portrait of love and desire in the modern age.
— Publishers Blurb
This is not a book I would normally pick up off the shelves so I’m thankful to the publisher, Canongate and the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program for sending it to me.
Unfortunately I didn’t really enjoy it.
Whilst at times it is funny, but ultimately reading it is a fairly cold experience. Most of the characters are not particularly likeable or easy to care for and for someone like myself, who gets the best from a novel, when I love the characters I’m reading about, it’s always difficult connect with these ‘difficult’ characters.
Still, as I said earlier, there are moments, when the characters and the situations they get themselves in are quite funny, and the writing is sharp and easy to read.
There’s also a non-linear structure to the novel, which jumps about in time and storylines occasionally and I did think that this worked well and suited the story, using the two main plot-lines to contrast and reflect on each other, whilst never quite showing you the full picture.
For those that like to avoid such things, there’s a fair bit of sex going on in the book, but none of it particular titillating or sexy, for the most part there’s an uncomfortableness about it – for both the reader and the participants.
If you enjoy stylish explorations of obsession and dysfunctional relationships, and have less of a need to like your characters than I do, you’ll definitely get an awful lot more from this obviously cleverly written novel than I was able to.
Verdict: Decent – but not for me.
My copy of The Bird Room by Chris Killen, was provided to me, for free, as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.