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message 1: by Mark (new)

Mark what a fabulous opening paragraph and I mean of your review, by the way, not of the novel


message 2: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Thank you, Mark! On LibraryThing, that para got me a lot of comments, though few as pleasant to read as yours was.


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

I am sorry you did not enjoy the book more, Richard. Hopefully your next read will be more suited to your taste :)


message 4: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Oh, it's not a new read, Stasia, I'm getting around to posting my LT reviews over here. I'm finishing "The Other Wes Moore" review and reading "The Made-Up Man" which is a kind of "Faust"-meets-"Freaky Friday" tale.


message 5: by Jen (new)

Jen I like the "Oh yeah?" follicle reaction. It might even need a shelf.


message 6: by Judith (new)

Judith I never had a copy of this....of my own...the Liberry copy wasn't in-house for long...good riddance to mediocre rubbish, i say/said

;-}


message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

#4: Ah, OK. I still need to get to 'The Other Wes Moore' one of these centuries, but not right now while my reading is in a tailspin.


message 8: by Jane (new)

Jane The "oh yeah" follicle and Torontoid were memorable. The review has confirmed my feeling that I don't want to read this book. Thanks.


message 9: by Libbie Hawker (new)

Libbie Hawker (L.M. Ironside) Crapulous is an excellent word.


message 10: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Sadly, I find uses for it daily.


message 11: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Jane wrote: "The "oh yeah" follicle and Torontoid were memorable. The review has confirmed my feeling that I don't want to read this book. Thanks."

A wise, wise decision. What are the Torontoid called, if not that?


message 12: by Evan (new)

Evan Leach "no smarm or treacle has been spared."

Hahahahahaha...


message 13: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus srsly Evan, go look at the trailer and tell me I'm wrong!


message 14: by Evan (new)

Evan Leach Richard wrote: "srsly Evan, go look at the trailer and tell me I'm wrong!"

Yeah...you'll get no argument from me:

img: treacle

I read this review at work and I was literally laughing out loud.


message 15: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Heh!Glad to hear I made you laugh.


message 16: by [Name Redacted] (new)

[Name Redacted] But why two full stars?


message 17: by [deleted user] (new)

I haven't read this book, I don't think I will now, and Richard you make me laugh too!


message 18: by Rakhi (new)

Rakhi Dalal Ok, now I feel less guilty to not have completed reading it after treading through some 35 initial pages. It just didn't click. Thanks for the review...:)


message 19: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Ian wrote: "But why two full stars?"

Because it has several lovely sentences and one I even added to my quotes. In fairness, I can't call that a one-star read.

Much as I'd like to.


message 20: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Jeannie wrote: "I haven't read this book, I don't think I will now, and Richard you make me laugh too!"

So glad, Jeannie! It's a treat to know I amuse.


message 21: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Rakhi wrote: "Ok, now I feel less guilty to not have completed reading it after treading through some 35 initial pages. It just didn't click. Thanks for the review...:)"

Most welcome, of course. The only click I heard was the safety of the gun I had pointed at the book snicking off. Bad bad bad book.


message 22: by [Name Redacted] (new)

[Name Redacted] Richard wrote: "Ian wrote: "But why two full stars?"

Because it has several lovely sentences and one I even added to my quotes. In fairness, I can't call that a one-star read.

Much as I'd like to."


Fair enough. That works for me.


message 23: by Terri (new)

Terri They might have been lovely sentences, but I care more about the story when I am outside of an English class. He could have portrayed his feelings about first being on the boat by saying, "The one memory I have of those first hours on the lifeboat are of flies incessantly buzzing around it." I get the point, let's move on.


message 24: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus What horrifies me, Terri, is that someone has made a movie of the damn thing. Yikes!


message 25: by Tanja (new)

Tanja Berg Lately I've wondered why I haven't read this, but I see it's a winner of the "man booker prize", which is a clear indication that I would hate it.


message 26: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus I pretty much hate the Booker winners too, Tanja. I'm sure I've liked a few, statistically I must have, but not many and not recently.


message 27: by Terri (new)

Terri I know! I wonder how long the film will be? I've heard that the book does have a deep moral at the end, so I would hope the movie could bring that out, but be more succinct in doing it.

Richard wrote: "What horrifies me, Terri, is that someone has made a movie of the damn thing. Yikes!"


message 28: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus However long it is, it's too damn long, and that moral at the end? Not worth the journey.


message 29: by Terri (new)

Terri That's what I had feared, Richard. I would torture myself through the book and then discover, "Wow. That was SO not worth it. Now I must bang my head against the wall!" :-)


message 30: by Terri (new)

Terri I'm sorry YOU had to go through that, but I was grateful to find your review!


message 31: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus I'm so glad my suffering has not gone to waste!


message 32: by Bunmi (new)

Bunmi Esho I read the book over 3 years ago after a strong recommendation from a guy I briefly dated. The only reason I finished the book was that I "knew" it had to get better. Well, for me, it didn't and I'm glad to know that I'm not alone in my "two star" feelings. Thank you for helping me determine two things: 1. It's okay to abandon a book that's just not working for you. 2. Be skeptical of Booker winners.


message 33: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Bunmi wrote: "I read the book over 3 years ago after a strong recommendation from a guy I briefly dated. The only reason I finished the book was that I "knew" it had to get better. Well, for me, it didn't and ..."

You are most welcome. My life's purpose is, I think, to be the anti- to every pro-.


message 34: by Paul (new)

Paul Taylor thanks for confirming my thoughts, I have left this book thankfully unfinished, what a waste of my time.


message 35: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Paul wrote: "thanks for confirming my thoughts, I have left this book thankfully unfinished, what a waste of my time."

So glad I was able to help...often it's rough to dislike intensely the Book of the Moment, and good to know at least some others do as well.


message 36: by Marsha (new)

Marsha Stewart This 'book' is a grossly over-rated waste of trees! As a fellow Texan, I salute your review and wish I'd had this app last year. I'd have put a bullet in the pages if I hadn't been so nauseated and; therefore, in greater need of a bucket than my sidearm. Well done, Sir.


message 37: by Bassam (new)

Bassam Abboud If you don't mind me asking, what did you mean by "Khalil Gibran ripoff"?


message 38: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Basss89 wrote: "If you don't mind me asking, what did you mean by "Khalil Gibran ripoff"?"

Khalil Gibran's romantic/philosophical maunderings (eg, The Prophet) were written in a treacly, thick prose style I felt had a great kinship to the style Martel used. Like Gibran, Martel clothes an interesting and valid point about self in relation to adversity and about spiritual awakening in an allegorical framework that, for me, isn't necessary or desirable.

Gibran himself said, "Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it so that the other half may reach you." I was so put off by the meaningless half that the other wasn't important enough for me to reach for.


message 39: by Lex (new)

Lex Poot sometimes your reviews are better than the book


message 40: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Lex wrote: "sometimes your reviews are better than the book"

I appreciate that compliment, Lex. Thanks for saying so!


message 41: by [Name Redacted] (new)

[Name Redacted] Richard wrote: "Basss89 wrote: "If you don't mind me asking, what did you mean by "Khalil Gibran ripoff"?"

Khalil Gibran's romantic/philosophical maunderings (eg, The Prophet) were written in a treacly, thick pro..."


THIS.


message 42: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus That's a resounding endorsement, thanks Ian!


message 43: by Jo (new)

Jo I disliked the movie. Hoped I would like the book better. It was no better.

I did enjoy your review.


message 44: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Jo wrote: "I disliked the movie. Hoped I would like the book better. It was no better.

I did enjoy your review."


Thanks for stopping in to say so! I wasn't a big fan. Don't know if that came across.


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