Review of The Eyelid by S.D. Chrostowska

While slow-paced, this book offers much food for thought.

In its dream-centric pseudo dystopian world, a hazy view of political and philosophical implications can be gleaned around the jewel-like edges. Yet, I hoped for more startling imagery. There are a few striking moments, but not enough intense focus on the atmosphere to capture my attention for long stretches of time. The author employs a learned style but the narrative distance is stilted, and the short chapters do not build much tension, following one another like micro-dreams. While poetic and creative, I was never immersed. While intelligent and quirky, I will fail to remember most of the details. But some dreams are still worth having, even if they are forgotten…

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