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Intriguing but not likeable,
This review is from: A Death in the Family: My Struggle Book 1 (Kindle Edition)
I can not decide whether or not I like this book. I found it self-indulgent, and I at times felt that the author was incredibly arrogant. The book appears to have been written as self-therapy, to cleanse the author of his feelings about his father. We never really find out why the author hated his father so much, nor do we discover much about what seems to have been a very good relationship with his mother. The style of the book is sometimes very difficult to read: there are whole pages without a single paragraph break, and there is little flow of narrative. You could start reading this book at any point and not lose the flow.
This book definitely is not as good as the praise at the front of the book suggests. But at the same time, I did want to read it. Although not likeable, the author's character is intriguing; his observations of human nature are fascinating, his descriptions of the things he sees brings them alive. And yet he appears to have no ability to interpret his own behaviour. It has bee suggested that the author may be somewhere on the autism spectrum; he is highly intelligent, but seems unable to truly relate to others.
I can't say I enjoyed the book. I can't say I would recommend it to others to read. But I am glad I took the time to read it.
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Initial post: 31 May 2014 11:29:13 BDT
Mark Twain says:
I understand how you feel about the book and its author but I think it depends on how you read it. His exacerbated self-awareness and self-analysis can get on a reader's nerves. I certainly wouldn't approach it as a classic Bildungsroman or model for life, you would naturally be disappointed. But on the other hand it tells us a lot about how people really think and feel - not always attractive or exemplary to be sure, but worth investigating.
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