Is anyone else feeling slightly frustrated with Danielewski at this point? I have finished 400 pages of a book, and half the time, I haven’t a clue where it is going. I find myself clinging to the Xanther stories (and Anwar and Astair’s by association) as a sort of scaffolding to support my interest. I find my interesting peaking when one of those sections comes up.
The scope is throwing me off. I am growing to understand Luther’s storyline, but only because it has been given several significant sections. I am very confused as to the relevance of several others (“Yeah man. Something died.” “palace above the day” “Veinte pesos” to name a few). So far, the only thing I know they have in common is their timestamp putting them into the timeline.
I am curious and excited to see how (if?) all of these will tie together, or if we really are just seeing snapshots of One Rainy Day in May. Despite this, I would appreciate a sense of where this is going. As each chapter shifts, I sometimes have a hard time regaining focus or finding relevance. Am I the only one experiencing this? How have other readers been keeping track of the storylines?