interesting, but far from perfect.,
This review is from: The Sleep of Reason (Hardcover)
this is a book i would have berated myself for giving up on. not that i'm in the habit of giving up on books, you understand. part of a series, the sleep of reason is just one small part of a much larger chronicle of the life of a man named lewis eliot. one of the later ones in fact. so, while i attempt to pass some kind of judgement on this book i must also confess that it is the only one of the series (indeed, the only novel by this author) that i have read; i can not, therefore, claim to understand the context of the novel, and potentially it is here that my faults are answered for.
the story is slow. it provides little motivation for the reader to continue (this is not an excuse for my tiny attention span) - i was not inclined to stop at any point but still, this is not a book you'd call 'un-put-downable.' about halfway through (and somewhat inexplicably) a murder trial emerges at the centre of the previously non-existent plot, and it is this that sustains the remainder of the story. along the way there are some interesting philosophical musings -though too few and far between to be particularly meaningful; and while the characters are beautifully drawn, with compelling attention to detail and the nuances of character motivation, this is no dickens.
while i was reading this book i was quite excited about finishing it, so i could get on with something else. at no point did it come together, realize something significant, even command my whole attention - or do anything that you'd expect from a good novel. bland and lacklustre, is how i'd have described it. nonetheless, i have just read the blurb (stay with me here...), and in that context the events of the novel begin to make more sense. although i was entirely convinced that this would not be a book to re-read, i'm now not so sure. it might be worth a go.
whoever you are, reading this, do not trust my word that it is a mediocre book. i expect you're probably reading this not as a prospective buyer but having read the book, and curious about another's opinion. (i presume this because it doesn't seem to be a very well-known book; i picked it up for pennies in a thrift shop and can't imagine too many people are seeking it out). in either case, i wouldn't trust myself. give it a go - i think i might as well. but don't put yourself out over it.