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There are some really wonderful passages of writing in this novel
on 31 October 2015
This is a thought-provoking read. Complete-able within a matter of hours, this novel touches upon issues of freewill/determinism and the manner in which our lives intersect with those from the past, with those who we will never meet, and with those we tried to convince ourselves didn't matter or didn't exist.
There are some really wonderful passages of writing in this novel. Sadly however, the majority of the book is written in a much less clever way. Whilst there are certainly some passages you'll want to read again and again, some of the writing reads far too simply. I'm one for embellishment, so this might just be a personal thing rather than something to put off would-be readers. The ultimate twist of the novel is predictable, although admittedly I do feel that Albom did a good job in the execution of the twist.
Bottom line? Give it a try. A book so concerned with death probably shouldn't be considered nice, but that's my lasting impression of it days on after completing it - it's a nice read. It's not an earth-shattering or amazing read, but it's worth giving it a look.