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Too many redundant words
on 13 May 2015
I finished it! Just! I rarely give up on a book: I like to give the author a chance. With this one, I nearly did. Just as I was about to – at Kindle 72% – I hit the “illustrations, notes, acknowledgements” and a rather bizarre “index”. I realised I didn’t have to read any more.
The tale was very interesting, some might say inspiring, but the way it was told was drear in the extreme. The author clearly had not made up her mind whether she was writing narrative or a scientific treatise: it failed on both counts.
I am very interested in birds and thought this book might tell me more about them. It did, but the writing was soul-destroying. Sentences of more than 100 words and minimal punctuation leave the reader lost and confused. The nineteenth century masters could do it – but then they remembered to use colons or semi-colons to indicate where things were going.
But one of the most appalling aspects of this book was the regurgitated thesaurus effect giving streams of synonyms or near synonyms (hence some of the 100 word sentences) which were totally unnecessary and detracted from the tale. Clearly it was hoped a scattergun approach would provide the right word, even if the author was not sure what that word should be.
Finally, at the end of my Kindle download, I was informed she had written another book. I must question if there were any words left in her thesaurus?