"I think there are two kinds of stories; there's the kind that answers questions, and the kind that asks them. The ones that answer questions are the simple ones...At the end of books like that you are left in no doubt about where the characters came from, where they went, and what happened in between. I am now more interested in stories that ask questions". - p126
The Bluebird Cafe by Carmel Bird is certainly a book that leaves the reader asking questions, specifically: "What the hell is this story about?". It jumps from one place to another, from one character to another, but it's obvious that the gaps in the story are deliberate, and that the reader isnt supposed to know the whole story.
Despite this, The Bluebird Cafe is a quick, easy and interesting read. The gaps in the storyline simply made me want to read more, to find out more, and it doesnt even bother me that I will never, ever know, because the novel is overall enjoyable: odd without being confusing, witty without being silly, interesting without being overbearing. I must admit I kind of liked it.
Having said that, it's not a book I'd read again, but then I dont think it's supposed to be.