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too many threads - not enough content
on 26 May 2004
Much as it pains me to write this, as a longtime Carroll fan, but this book is a oddly poor example from a normally great writer. Carroll seems to have had too many ideas here, without a will to resolve or even fully flesh them out. Although he rarely attempts to justify the curious events in his stories, the devices and twists come thick and fast here, but, for me at least, fail to advance the story in any useful manner.
White Apples is riddled with inconsistancies, plot and character threads that go nowhere and ultimately seems to rush to a clumsy 'time to finish the book' conclusion. His characters really fail to elicit any emotional response for me - and that, in a Carroll book, is very strange, but his writing style has become increasingly cruel and detached with each book.
If you've never read Jonathan Carroll, please do - he's normally wonderful, but don't start here.