Story: A Souvenir of Japan
Author: Angela Carter
Collection: Burning Your Boats: Collected Short Stories
Above our heads, the fireworks hung dissolving earrings on the night.
Unfortunately, they were surrounded by hundreds of really dull ones. Or once with too many words in them. Words which annoyed me.
A year before, on such a throbbing, voluptuous, platitudinous, subtropical night...
Oh do shut up. Pick two adjectives and be done with it.
I was bored by page three, and only occasionally woken up by a few striking phrases or images. I cannot remember much about what happened. An older woman has an affair with a younger man, neither of whom are all that interesting.
The introduction by Salman Rusdhie should have given me a clue. Anything he likes I am bound to find overblown and a bit up itself.