Reading Saer's The Investigation provides both pleasure and pain. Endless sub-clauses prove excruciating for those who are memory challenged, ensuring that many sentences will need to be re-read and then, at times, read yet again. Proust is less convoluted in the construction of his text. However, whilst Saer's sentences are wonderfully punctuated and incredibly constructed, many a time, the meaning lost, one simply chooses not to re-read sentences simply because, at the end of the day, they add little to the progression of the narrative and, one suspects, have little merit in themselves. Nevertheless, one also stumbles on passages of exceptional beauty and superb insight. It very much appears that Saer has set out to toy with the reader and, as a formidable writer, is most capable of doing so. I admit to being a fan of neither Borges nor Cortazar (whilst appreciating the odd work of both) - it may be that Saer's work has a different audience in mind to one consisting of readers like me. Having laboured through Nobody Nothing Never, I was reluctant to embark upon The Investigation - I have, overall, been pleasantly surprised and will be keeping my eyes open for other works.
NB the first review of The Investigation posted on this site is a review of another work entirely.