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On a Day Like This

On a Day Like This - Peter Stamm, Michael Hofmann Hmm. Forty-year-old man has a bit of a health scare, and without finding out the results of his test, starts to think about maybe growing up, maybe starting to have some sort of real relationship with someone (he seems to fail at both friendships and romantic relationships), maybe going back to his roots, maybe making a change for the better. But maybe not. Maybe he's still the same guy. Maybe it's not worth changing. Well, no, maybe he'll go ahead and try. But maybe...

Okay, the lack of maturity in this character and all his hemming and hawing annoyed me, and I didn't find him sympathetic at all. The writing style wasn't too bad, but it wasn't good enough to make up for the spinelessness of the main character. This one ended up a big yawn for me.