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really didn't like it!
on 9 May 2008
I bought this because of the rave reviews and the reference to Larry Mcmurtry, who happens to be one of my favourite authors. I do realise that everyone's taste is different, however I disliked this book so much that I didn't finish it. Maybe the last half of the book improved.
In essence: I found the characterisation superficial and, quite frankly, boring. Two-dimensional, flat, no good interraction or anything to drive the story along.
The plot is boring. The most interesting thing I gained from the book is that I now have more knowledge of how to load a mule than I ever wanted to know. In the book, mules carrying tourist gear sometimes shed their loads and have to be properly reloaded. This happens over and over. Some characters are good at loading, some bad, some are learning. Each time a great deal of detail is used in describing the process. Once is enough! There you go, that's about it.
She likes him but he's playing hard to get or is she? Meanwhile he likes her but she's only using him, he's an enigma who doesn't appear to like anyone much, while he's too young to be of any account yet. Occasionally sex happens. All are 'proving themselves' in ways only known to mule-loaders everywhere.
Leaden prose. A basic 'and then this happened, and then that happened' kind of style.
Feels like J McN Brumfield wanted to write himself into a book, and in retrospect the Larry McMurtry quote/review sounds more like him encouraging an emerging/struggling writer.
I really wanted to like this book. But I really didn't.