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promised a lot, delivered some
on 28 September 2014
Well, I finally finished this book, and I have to say that I enjoyed it, but it was a bit of a struggle.
I loved the humour, I enjoyed most of the characters, the writing style is easy to read and never dull, and overall, the journey was pleasant enough ... in some places highly informative ( although in others leaving you to question whether the information is completely made up ) .... but Cryptonomicon is like a fantastic journey by train through the Rockies, full of expectation and hope, only for it to terminate in a Homedepot store; everything just fizzles out and you wonder what the central theme of the story actually is.
With so many chapters, so many small stories within the "main" story, it is probably asking far too much for all the loose ends to be tied up. In fact, this is probably a story with the world record number of loose ends. Although some of those chapters were highly enjoyable at the time, over the course of the book, and then not finding resolution at the end, they did all seem to be rather superfluous and in hind sight, annoying.
There really is no reason to read this book , other than to say you have read it. It is a book which is a long journey between the first page and the last, but not a journey that goes from A to B !