Recommended for people who like deconstructing writers techniques and thinking and philosophy, whether that’s pub or academic philosophy.
3 smiles: Ratings explained
Two things kept me gripped through-out the book:
- It is written as a series of one-sided conversations, where the reader is the other half of the conversation. Listening to the protagonist, rarely questioned by the protagonist. A simple idea, incredibly difficult to write. I’ve never read a book written using this technique.
- What is ‘The fall’? Early on the protagonist talks of his fall from being a prestigious and effective Paris lawyer to hanging around in fog-ridden Amsterdam, drinking with strangers in bars. This tracks the distance fallen, but not the actual fall. The book describes the fall, the ideas and insights bring the protagonist to Amsterdam bars.
I’m planning to read the book again because I suspect that I’ve missed many of the subtleties that it contains. At the moment, I preferred “The Outsider“. I suspect “The fall” might turn out to be an acquired taste. I’ll re-read it with the aid of some matured whiskey….