All the Beautiful Sinners Hardcover – 1 Apr 2003
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After plowing through 450 pages I found it too much and had to leave the book alone as it was nearly unreadable.
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Well, I think Mr. Jones matured into an incredible writer, but here he's going through his growing pains, leaving a trail of broken shell and yolk and halfway decent literary devices.
I found the antagonist (or antagonists) to be unbelievable and way too omnipotent/omniscient. I also found the novel to be a little hard to follow. Jones seems to sacrifice realism and logical plot development for poetry. I'm all about poetry and impressionism and literary license, but this early work just seems a bit sloppy. Still, you see the seeds, the rudiments, of a great future American writer here. He takes the crime novel, the serial killer/ detective novel, and enriches it with poetic insight, but it is yet lacking in cohesiveness. This is not tightly woven, and all wrapped up. I found the antagonist to be distractingly unbelievable.
Still, a decent read, but far from Jones' best work. I find he gets better with age. He's sort of the opposite of Stephen King in that regard. The earliest work that will turn heads and make converts/ believers/ followers of SGJ us probably the unique trilogy, Demon Theory.
P.S. The seller was prompt and delivered a great product. No complaints there, just muchas gracias.
Absolutely amazing. Rich prose, verby -- full of velvety goodness. Even some of the subplots that at first only seem to serve as character-building devices end up being plot-relevant, so pay attention throughout. This may be the most character names ever introduced in one book, Bible excluded. . . Part of me wishes AtBS were about 100 pages (or a few town searches) shorter, but then we'd have been robbed of the brilliant passages that came with them. Every time I'd read one of the agents proclaim the equivalent of "we've got him," I'd feel the weight of the remaining pages in my right hand and realize their delusion.
Well done, Jones!
"naked came the serial murder". that should have been the title.
The positives? SGJ is at times humourous in a subtle way. He has some poignancy in his commentary on how natives are treated, and how people lump all of them together.
Would not recomend. There are better crime novels. And tjere are better Native American Novels.
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