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I'm in the minority here ...
le 5 juin 2013
This book review, as well as many more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm (www.thebakingbookworm.blogspot.ca).
My Thoughts: I have a confession. I gave up on this book and I don't do that easily. I figure that if an author spent months (or years) writing the book and I should give him/her the respect they deserve and hold on and try to get into the story. That's all well and good but if a book doesn't grab me in 100 pages I figure my responsibility as a reader has been met.
In fact, I read over 270 pages before finally deciding that this wasn't a book for me. I kept trying to get into it based on the extremely high ratings that it received on GoodReads as well as Amazon. Unfortunately I kept waiting for something major to happen, some sort of direction of the plot but it never did. It is a verbose read with its detailed descriptions of medical procedures; it has a lot of different characters (who were hard to distinguish), a tiresome dialogue and plot that didn't seem to have any direction.
That said, my opinion is just that. My opinion. There are many other readers out there who adored and gushed about this book. They passionately defend their reviews (and sometimes adamantly state their disagreements with lower rated reviews). I get that and understand that level of commitment to a book. I'd, respectfully, do the same for Harry Potter, 'Women of the Underworld' series and Sara Donati's 'Into The Wilderness' because I lurrrrve them and they hold a special place in my literary heart.
But besides the verbosity, slow plot and gaggle of characters the biggest thing that bothered me about this book was Marion as the main character. For some reason, Marion always had the voice of an adult ... even when he's telling about his life when he was an infant. Yes, Marion narrates the book even as an infant. The author expected the reader to just accept the fact that there's an articulate infant narrating the book -- and that didn't sit well with me. It just seemed odd to have a protagonist be so articulate and descriptive ... as an infant.
Overall, I can't say that I'd recommend this book but I'm glad that I gave it a good shot. I'd love to hear what you all thought of this book. Am I way off base here? Or did you have a similar experience with this book?
My Rating: 0 (I gave up on it)