I really enjoyed this, actually! Honestly, it sounded a lot like something I would write. Everything is very metaphorical and poetic. Seeing as this novel is a scant 128 pages, a lot has to fit in there so there's a good amount of reading between the lines to be done. This was one of my favorite books that I have read for my program thus far, however. If you take the time to look into the beautiful sentence structure that makes up this book, the themes (mainly childhood and coming-of-age) are developed with impeccable skill. If you don't like that sort of thing, though, this will get very tiresome, very fast. At the beginning, I wasn't paying attention to the word choice and was instead frustrated by the lack of obvious overarching plot. While this is a full novel because of it chronology and overarching themes and characters, it could also make it's way in the world as a short story collection. You do have to look in order to see what's there. Just to get you started, I'll give you a hint: in the beginning chapter, the author uses 'we' and repetition of sentence structure to emphasize that point while in the last chapters, there is a distinct use of 'I' (and generally separate pronouns).
The Final Verdict:
Though you have to dig a little to find it, there is a cache of gold at the center of this novel.
- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (30 August 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780547576725
- ISBN-13: 978-0547576725
- ASIN: 0547576722
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 159 g
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