Long winded narrative prose does not even begin to describe the never ending, unconscious, bordering psychotic, ramblings that plague this novel. I half expected the poor actors to suffocate as they desperately tried to find a mark of punctuation resembling the completion of a thought. If you are able to bear or endure pain, difficulty, provocation, and annoyance with extreme calmness, you MIGHT be able to make it through this one.
At the end, one can reflect back and find the semblance of a story that is actually interesting. However, as stated earlier, the author stuffed this work with prose as one would fill a large empty box with packing material. If all of the excess prose was to be removed, one would find a story that should have been found in a novelette or as the “story of the week” in some literary magazine.
As a literary work, I found the story line of "The Accidental" extremely hard to follow and I often found myself struggling to understand what exactly was going on. This negated any possibility of actually enjoying the work.
Ali Smith has made the "never again" list.
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