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message 1: by Bec (new)

Bec Thank you! So true.

message 2: by Judith (new)

Judith Rodenbeck Yes, maudlin and melodramatic. The story pumps along, and it is about Afghanistan, but gosh, every possible soap-operatic turn of events, cardboard emotions, and a rather wan narrative map really disappointed me. I read it when it came out largely because of the Afghan connection, and while there was a lot of straightforward information that was interesting as a novel this book felt like it had been plotted out in a workshop and then each plot point milked before a studio audience from the suburbs. Midkult at its blandest.

message 3: by Carolee (new)

Carolee goodness, I thought I was the only one who felt this way!!! It seems like everyone else loved this book while i found it melodramatic.

message 4: by Christopher (new)

Christopher Carr There were a few very nicely written scenes, and I don't think the author is untalented, but yeah: extremely formulaic and amateurish.

message 5: by Laurie (last edited Dec 03, 2007 07:54PM) (new)

Laurie I'm happy to learn that I am not the only one that felt this same way! A potentially great story ruined by the melodramatic. So I'll just add a hearty amen to Luther's review!

message 6: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Thank you for articulating the analysis that I was struggling to form in my brain. I felt exactly the same way about this book but my emotions were clouding my ability to break down my thoughts into words. It was a very emotionally affecting story, one that will stay with me, but at the same time was so melodramatic that it caused me to discount it in some ways. I appreciate what you have to say about the over-characterization as well. Thanks again for the insightful review!

message 7: by Regina (new)

Regina Andreassen Well articulated! If this book is good literature then, we are doomed!

message 8: by Nevermore (new)

Nevermore Not sure I have your confidence that he has talent and am very gun shy about reading anything else he has written. Nice review, liking "artlessly grotesque" as a turn of phrase.

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