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The Sentimentalists [Audio CD]

Johanna Skibsrud
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook edition (1 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407488678
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407488677
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Haunted by the horrific events he witnessed during the Vietnam War, Napoleon Haskell is exhausted from years spent battling his memories. With his health declining, and rapidly slipping into senility, Napoleon's daughter moves with him to Casablanca, Ontario. With love and insatiable curiosity, she devotes herself to learning the truth about him; and through the fog, Napoleon's past begins to emerge.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me 26 Aug 2011
Format:Hardcover
This debut novel, a sombre story of the unreliability of memory and the emotional ghosts of war won its author the prestigious Scotianbank Giller Prize in 2010.

Skibsrub's background as a poet stands out immediately. The prose is heavy in precision, mainly focussing on words and turns of phrases and less on the action and character development. In my humble opinion this book is overwritten, it is composed with an astounding play on words and over use of adjectives that may be appealing to some but not all.

The novel is narrated by an unnamed person who returns to stay with her father, a Vietnam War veteran. She recalls her father's life in a meandering voice that moves between the present and the past and shifts rather awkwardly between Fargo, ND and Casablanca, Ontario and the battlefields of Vietnam.

The first half of the book was so tedious it fast became boring and I simply lost interest, only 200 pages and I couldn't stick with it till the end ...Something I rarely do...So in all fairness I leave others to be the judge
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