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Unpleasant read due to the characters but no denying that it is a good book
on 30 September 2015
This book describes Kit and Port, two Americans travelling in North Africa with a friend just after the Second World War. They seem to float through life with a disregard of the world around them. A spolit, moneyed attitude clashes with their intent to experience the world.
There is no doubt that this book is written beautifully and I can see why it is considered to be a classic but the problem for me is the characters.
The people are all hateful and there wasn't one that I could find anything about to like. That shouldn't be a problem if they have been written well but this characters aren't as there is also no connection created to the reader, which is so important when they are such horrible people.
The plot is disjointed and doesn't see to know whether it wants to be a travel journal, charting the journey of the author, or a true novel. However, it does pose plenty of questions which are explored at depth.
I was glad when I got to the end as I didn't enjoy it but there were some elements I enjoyed.