Do you ever read someone and find you are too addled to tell when the author is being funny or not, and then perhaps some of you have the temerity to suggest your confusion is the fault of the author?
Well, imagine a whole novel like that, and about the hot-button topics of sex and above all power and power in the workplace and yes race too. Helen DeWitt can in fact get away with writing sentences such as:
One man said he was not exactly disputing the points made but he did not think he could reward his top earners with titless sex.
So yes, buy this book but do not read it, for the temerity will rise in your soul.
Helen DeWitt is a national treasure, yet collectively we have driven her to Berlin. We do not deserve whatever she plans on serving up next.
Here is my previous post on Helen DeWitt.