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2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated, 12 April 2014
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This book received so much attention on magazines and newspapers, such rave reviews, I could not wait to start reading it. I first downloaded the kindle preview and enjoyed it, so I went on and purchased it. Unfortunately the rest of the book was not as good as the beginning. I can't say exactly when I stopped liking it, it was probably when Theo moved to Vegas, at about 30% in the kindle book. I kept going, hoping it would change and get more interesting, because so many people liked it that I thought, there must be something to it...I eventually did manage to finish it and actually, the ending was the worst part. But first the book. I just couldn't like Theo. I first felt sorry for him because of course, when a child loses his mom like that, who wouldn't. But then the part in Vegas was so long, so irritating, I couldn't care less for those endless descriptions of how he and Boris would get high and throw up on the carpet! I got the picture, no need in my opinion to spend so many pages on such descriptions. I found Boris' just as unlikable, with his annoying accent, and how he always knew everything better because he had been through so much. The story goes on with bad things happening to good people (Was the part about his old building really necessary?) and Theo who doesn't seem to be able to get a grip and keeps making irresponsible decisions. Hobie is so nice that he can't be real. Then finally the ending: that endless pretentious philosophizing on art, life and everything else...coming from this junkie? No thanks.
Two stars instead of one because I appreciated the broadness of vocabulary which Donna Tartt surely does have. As a non-native English speaker this is something I am always looking for in a book, as it helps me improve my language skills.
Glad to be moving to a new book.
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Initial post: 5 May 2014 03:42:18 BDT
Janet Kay says:
Thanks for this. I could tell from the preview that it was too wordy and rambling and was wondering why it got such rave reviews myself. Was going to order it for my Mum - I'll not bother now. Definitely a matter of taste. I like authors who create scenes with an economy of words. Never could get through Dickens, and found myself impatiently fast-forwarding through the preview to get to the point, for the story to move along. I agree it is well-written, just not my style.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jul 2014 09:21:41 BDT
ABC says:
Yep! If you can't get on with Dickens or any of the other wordy classics don't bother with this. An interesting read for those who have the time and dedication for long books.
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