‘The Keep’ – Jennifer Egan

Lausanne, January 2016

Overview

The gothic tale of three narratives – Ray, the prisoner who writes the castle/hotel tale of Danny and Howard for Holly’s class. Holly takes the third narrative with a recovered meth problem, ending at the homeland immersing herself in the imagination pool.

Thoughts

It was like walking through corridors that splintered into unknown rooms, reading this book. No idea how Egan managed to keep things so clear as to where you were and which character was speaking. Very clever and enjoyable read.

Quotes

‘[And after that] I moved carefully, like the world was made of glass.’

Holly, in the last few pages, on surviving her mistakes

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