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Good novel, but I admit some sections felt a bit lengthy,
This review is from: Where Tigers are at Home (Hardcover)
As is perhaps befitting of a novel of this size and magnitude, I hesitated for quite a while over whether to get this particular title. I am pleased to say it was worth it.
Despite being such a long text, the number of characters and storylines are perfectly developed, that is, the duration actually allows for superb character development and enhances the understanding of the overall novel. In particular, the glimpses we get of Nelson's life and the journey of the party of characters embarking on a voyage into the jungle are very interesting.
What I admire about it above all, is Robles' unashamed use of both the beautiful and also rather more crude language in a balance measure. Though at times the use of the italics can draw the reader off course momentarily.
The only two negative aspects for me, are the lingering passages on the lives of Caspar and Kircher. I do not mean to suggest they are not entertaining, but I'd have preferred to read a little less about them, and more about the other characters. Secondly, though I enjoy the occurrence of crude language to add realism to the characters, I found a handful of scenes in the story to be unnecessary and rather gruesome.
That aside, I believe this is certainly a novel worth reading. In other words, give it a go by all means, and do not be put off by the size.