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1.0 out of 5 stars How on earth can this be compared to The Great Gatsby!, 26 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Children of the Revolution (Paperback)
There isn't enough meat here for more than a short story, and the reading experience is dull.

Te author simply doesn't have an interesting enough "take" on things to be able to fill out the pages. His imagination is banal, and he frequently resorts to lazy stylisitic devices to try to affect the reader. These often involve exaggerations which quickly tire. The author's use of language is generally flat.

The central relationships are immemorable, except possibly that with his lover's daughter. The particularities of the various Africans in the book are not distinctly enough drawn to merit interest, nor are the narrators experiences of the particularities of American culture.

I suspect that this book was favourably reviewed because of the novelty of the immigrant's viewpoint being that of an Ethiopian. But when you compare it to other great immigrant fiction- Naipal, Singer or Nabokov it's very thin indeed.
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Initial post: 2 Oct 2013 12:08:31 BDT
How typical of an unfavourable view to gather mainly negative votes. I don't agree with the views expressed in it - I thought it was a great read - but I think one should be able to express one's views without getting slated by those who don't agree with them; otherwise, where is the encouragement to give an honest review? Because someone doesn't like a given book/film/recording, etc, doesn't mean that those views are invalid or worthless. If you're only going to see 5* reviews of a given product, then those 5*s become meaningless.
Thank you, Nt, for a good, honest review which is as valid as mine or anyone else's.
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