More like 3.75/5. The beginning of the book is quite good- we get a sense of urgency quite quickly which does the novel some good as in the middle andMore like 3.75/5. The beginning of the book is quite good- we get a sense of urgency quite quickly which does the novel some good as in the middle and towards the end the plot begins to sag.
The voice of the narrator...I don't know how I feel about it. The language was simple, sentences clipped, but primitive, and I get why Matt chose to write it like this- it's a fairy tale, a dark, twisted, original Brothers Grimm type story and because of this the story needs this type of narration. I'm just not sure if it was for me.
The middle of the book sagged a little bit. I don't know if it was repetitive as some reviewers have said- I wasn't finding that but it just didn't excite me like the beginning, although every time I opened it up and started to read, Matt held my attention, until....
The first scene with the squid. When I started reading that my immediate thought was "what the fuck am I reading?" and that was the sentiment for most of that scene and the scenes to follow. This is not the genre I usually read and I have read some great fantasy but this seemed overwrought and full of symbols and I am not sure it pays off in the end. Half of it was lost on me because there was just so much. I am not the most critical reader, so I may be handicapped in that respect. But I get it. Matt is extremely talented. But it just seemed heavy handed to me.
I love Matt's work and this is no exception but on a different, perhaps less of an immediate level. It has reread value only because I am an English major and literary analysis is my weak point. I figure if I can work the stuff out in this novel I might have a shot at an A. :-)...more
This novella captured my attention from the first page and never let go of it. The writing is sure, determined and the subject of the Collyer brothersThis novella captured my attention from the first page and never let go of it. The writing is sure, determined and the subject of the Collyer brothers who died in their own home after "collecting" tons of junk, so as they couldn't really be mobile, is fascinating. It is a real, true story of hoarding from the 1940's and it is painted with a deft hand. We get a glimpse of Homer, the blind brother in the narration, Langley, the more mobile brother, the narrator who is trying to save them, tell their story but realizes he is inept at doing so, and the investigators who find the bodies. This novella is rare in that you can feel the tension and emotion behind the veil of distance that Matt creates with his writing. Sure, sure handed writing. 5*s....more
I will review this later. I have to get something to eat and do some homework. I know this writer and I like her and this kills me but I couldn't finiI will review this later. I have to get something to eat and do some homework. I know this writer and I like her and this kills me but I couldn't finish it. Tell later why....more