I have to say I expected more from Ed Park’s Personal Days. It has some similarities to Joshua Ferris’s Then We Came To The End. Both are told from the point of view of a nameless narrator that is a part of a story. However, the overall style is much different. While the narrator in Ferris’s novel was a part of the story, Park’s novel is told by a narrator who displays no emotional connection to the story, and reads more like dozens of office anecdotes woven together with an underlying plot barely peaking through. Parks’ style, in my opinion. hindered character development and made the story feel clunky.
Unfortunately, Personal Days got increasingly more difficult to read as it progressed… and the last part of the story was an excruciatingly long email written as a 30-page run on sentence because the character’s period key wasn’t working.
But I digress, I have since started Johnny One-Eye: A Tale of the American Revolution by Jerome Charyn, which I’ve been looking forward to starting for quite a while.