25 comments on “Weather by Jenny Offill | Book Review

  1. Great review, Callum. I agree that one of the more compelling aspects of the book is the narrator’s relationship with her brother, and that Offill is particularly skilled at portraying a sort of existential dread. Sorry to hear you were mostly lukewarm about this, but I hope your next read is better. 🙂

  2. I read the opening pages of this in the bookshop (my master plan before the bookshops closed was to read all of it in the bookshop!) and was much more struck by the voice than I had expected. However, I can see how it might not hang together as a novel, though I’m relieved to hear it’s not entirely about climate change 🙂

  3. I struggle with stream of consciousness style so I’m not sure if I want to read this now after your review. The premise sounded interesting but perhaps I’ll skip it for now.

    • I’m not generally a big fan of that style either. This one is short enough, and the prose itself engaging enough, that I was able to fly through it in just a couple of sittings at least. Still, I would have liked a more tangible sense of plot or character development to ground everything.

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  7. Great review, I felt so similarly about this one! I really liked the idea of it (and enjoyed the writing) but would’ve needed a stronger pull to the characters and/or plot to feel properly engaged with the story.

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  9. “A book that is far more compelling in concept than execution” is exactly how I felt about it. A pity, because it has so many good things going for it, but I think in a few months when I look back I won’t remember it very much at all! It’s a bit sad to see basically everyone agree, of course, but also so validating!

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