Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Rise & Fall of Great PowersThe Rise & Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Contemporary Fiction




So when I first saw this book on Edelweiss I was thinking "Hooray another book about books!", not the case this is not another The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin and though I did enjoy the book the confusion about what the book is actually about irritated me to no end thus affecting my review of it. That said this review is not going to be like my regular reviews because I just cannot bear to summarize this book with the mood I have been in lately. Writer's Block BIG TIME. So here goes.

I found this book to be less than what many critics and big time reviewers led me to believe, it is not the great American novel which in the future will be a classic. No, all lies. The book was just okay and it was very confusing and yes you get it in the end but did we really have to go through all those mazes lost and confused just to get to an ending like that. Come on now.

The characters are uber eccentric and were only somewhat relatable I did find some piqued interest because of their personalities but that I couldn't relate to them hardly at all I just felt a huge distance between me and the book, this disconnected for want of a better term.

I did enjoy the story, which I know is a little hard to believe after my rant above but it was just "eehh", not love nor hate.

Thanks for coming by,
Amy

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