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This book just doesn't pan out
on 29 December 2012
I enjoyed the movie Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and I expected this book to be rather good. Well, it wasn't. It has no style whatsoever to pull you in through the sheer power of language. And it doesn't have much of a story either. It's trying to take further a story of and about mental illness, but it doesn't pull it off. The characters are better developed than the story, but not exceptionally so. I wasn't compelled to finish reading the book, but since it's such a thin volume, I decided I would.
I didn't think this book was very deep in any way. I expected a skillful storyteller and writer and got instead a pretty bland book with very little substance. I wish there was more to praise about this book. The only thing that's relatively OK are the characters, but they don't move the story along. The whole book is rather disjointed. The narrator decided to reveal stuff now and then (and too much of his asides look overblown, lecture-like) and the characters have to get on that wave. But it doesn't flow naturally.
I give it 1.8 stars.