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Gaarder's worst effort so far,
This review is from: The Ringmaster's Daughter (Paperback)
I was a huge Jostein Gaarder fan. I thought Sophie's World was awe inspiring, original and clever. The Solitaire Mystery was equally good and even more clever. So after being a tad disappointed with Maya I was hoping for a return of his fine form in 'The Ringmaster's Daughter'.
My hopes were dashed - I have to confess to only making it halfway through. Has Gaarder had a literary bypass I don't know of! The characters in this book are flat. I didn't connect with them in any way, I certainly didn't like them. The story was boring, I was continually checking what page I was on (a bad sign) to see how much there was left .I was astonished how it could be written by the same bloke who wrote the wonderful Sophie's World.
To all other Gaarder lovers who haven't read this book, judge for yourself because I was surprised to find other reviewers loved it, but it's not a patch on his previous efforts.