Seven Types of Ambiguity (review: 3.5/5)

Elliot Perlman’s Seven Types of Ambiguity is a rolling, interminable voyage through a literary version of modern life. Long, but worth seeing it through. The story is told from seven points of view, events mainly surrounding a character named Simon, who, depressed and still obsessed with a college ex-sweetheart, kidnaps her child while absently maintaining a lop-sided relationship with a hooker who’s been servicing the ex-sweetheart’s current husband for the past two years. Et cetera. But for all the antics, it isn’t soap opera. It’s built from a slow, discursive, minutely detailed remembrance. There are also extended tangents into topics like health care, poetry, and the science of blackjack.