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Don't give up the day job, Julia,
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This review is from: Murder in Byzantium: A Novel (Hardcover)
Forget any comparisons with Eco. This is amateurish. Kristeva shows little interest in her cardboard characters or the thin plot. Her attempts to drive up suspense are feeble. Her heroine meets with a gang boss. 'I'll be lucky to get out of this alive,' she tells us. Nothing happens. She walks out of the door, no problem.
Half the book is taken up with expounding ideas. The problem is that they don't grow out of the story, or have much relevance to it. The result the story disrupts the philosophy and the philosophy breaks up the story. If you're interested in her ideas, her non-fiction is a much better bet.
The translator has no grasp of colloquial English. For example, the 'non?' that the French use to end sentences that imply a question becomes 'no', instead of 'don't you think?' or 'Isn't it?'. Columbia University Press should be ashamed of themselves.