I am not a huge fan of literary flights of passage, so can't recall why I accepted this book to review, in all honesty. I thought it might be more magical or fantastical - My mistake. I must not bare this in mind when reviewing this as that would be... rediculous. I can't blame that on the author or allow it to swing my overall review of the book, now can I? (Although, if I had a penny for how many do, especially on Amazon).
Anyway, this book spans years and lives, cultures and beleifs. It covers relational issues, historical and political, even religious issues are bought to bare witness. The characters were mildly interesting, reflecting on past and present, hopes and wishes, familial issues of loss and abandonment and a cold, loveless parent; who loved his obsession more than his children. I didn't attach or care much though. There was a lot of description and literary flourishes which left me yawning. Again, this is because I don't enjoy this type of thing. This is a best seller who doesn't need to prove her literary worth to me. I acknowledge that, yet still. This is my review and simply I didn't really enjoy it. I skimmed a lot for a start, which I rarely do. I like to read slowly and digest everything.
An irritant - (not of the authors making) - The formatting of the copy I reviewed made the reading process difficult and frustrating. Capitals weren't where they should be, repeated paragraphs popped up with alternate styles, and other general formatting issue littered the text. I would hope these issues would be ironed out before the actual publication date in March, however.
I am assured this was only applicable to the review copy.
Sometimes choosing an out of genre book is a great idea. I enjoy discovering new things. This time, not so much. There was too much 'literary' and not enough movement for my liking.
In essence then, I'll say do not let me to put you off this book. If you enjoy this type of book, this type of writing, go for it. Did I enjoy reading this book? Not really - 2/5. How would I rate the authors a literary writing talent 5/5. Will I follow this author after reading this book? Probably not. Is that because she is a talentless author? Absolutely not! Would I recommend this book to readers of this genre - Yes.
Overall: 3.5/5 but I averaged up to 4 because there are no half points.
PS: I received this for review via the publishers, from Net Galley”
shahw1 wrote this review Tuesday, February 28, 2012.