5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable but not without faults,
This review is from: No Blacks No Dogs No Irish (Kindle Edition)
*I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
The concept of this book sounded very interesting and different from anything else I've ever read and for the most part, as I read it, this was true.
However there was sometimes a lack of indication and description in regards to how the characters were feeling, especially as they spoke. Thus it was often difficult to grasp how the characters felt whilst having conversations etc and while it didn't ruin my reading experience, it made it slightly less enjoyable.
Now what I loved about this book was the aspects of religion and a different culture to my own. I am not a religious person and have not grown up in a religious household so it was so refreshing to read about these peoples' lives where religion is a big part of them. Also the fact that it's set in the 60s and the main character is an Irish immigrant was intriguing; seeing how different, and often hard, life was back then.
At times events seemed to spring out of nowhere with no real build up which dampened their effect for me, which was a shame as I think given the right amount of build up, I would have enjoyed the book and the stories within it a lot more.
Orla's growth as a character was great to read and there were moments when I thought she was an awful person and at other times I felt great sympathy for her. She was given such human thoughts and emotions; made mistakes but also made the right choices. I also thought her mother, Maureen, and Jack were written well.
Yes, this book could have done with more editing, but that didn't distract me from a good, entertaining story that explored really interesting concepts.