A good quick read. The librarian at my local branch recommended this since I had liked A Monster calls. The illustrations certainly enhanced my enjoymA good quick read. The librarian at my local branch recommended this since I had liked A Monster calls. The illustrations certainly enhanced my enjoyment of the story...more
I understand that this book is a work of fiction, and that you have to have a certain suspended belief as you read fiction, but this was requiring farI understand that this book is a work of fiction, and that you have to have a certain suspended belief as you read fiction, but this was requiring far too much work to suspend belief to get through the book. There are books that are fantasy, and ones that are supposed to err more on the side of realistic fiction. This one, isn't a fantasy book, nor does it posses anything that would add it to that category, so it must be a realistic fiction book that took far too many liberties that frustrated me. I read about 200 pages of the book before ultimately choosing to drop the book. There was far too much extra clutter to really get to the point. This included in depth descriptions of Sam's father's research that added nothing to the story and characters that just were added for the sake of having more than a handful of characters. I got to about 150 before the story really seemed to be picking up it's story line, and there was far too much going on still with some characters to really start wondering where or how they'd fit into the book. This leaves me wondering more how in any real world does his editor have a job? I have far too much else to want to read to want to finish. While I understand the draw or the "addictive" concept, but 200 pages in, and I really feel that in order to properly finish or enjoy this book, it needed to go through a round of better editing. Many seem to review this book as an addictive thriller, and to be honest, I probably would have done more of the book had it been audio for me, but I don't want to waste my limited reading time on books that need an editor and don't really compel me to keep reading....more
I wanted to like this book. I had gotten so much hype about it, and about Whitehead.
Like others have reviewed here, I think stylistically it just didI wanted to like this book. I had gotten so much hype about it, and about Whitehead.
Like others have reviewed here, I think stylistically it just didn't do it for me. I have been looking and wanting to expand my knowledge of African-American authors, and I felt this book felt short for me. The approach to the story-line I had trouble being able to fully engage and get involved with the plot line. I felt like it was a chore to read the book, and the story never attained my interest nor my desire to regularly pick it up.
Part of me, being a white reader was expecting the dialogue to be the hardship for me in progressing through the book, but that never really seemed to come to fruition, mostly due to the fact I just really had to muster up interest in continuing with the book before I gave up. The subject matter is crucial, and I was hoping to learn things I didn't already know from a perspective that as a white reader is a challenge to fully grasp and understand. As a result, I felt it read more as a text book type setting, as the language I felt was formal, and a more distant approach. I wanted this book to make me angry in a way that never really came about aside from the frustrations of no longer wanting to pick up the book. There is a time and a place for academia, and well crafted approaches, literary schematics, but it was lost on me in this book.
While Whitehead has more than apparently portrayed his knowledge on the field and the vile things that occurred during slavery, as well as traveling on the underground railroad, I lacked the empathy or connection to the characters whom were trying to escape the hell that this was....more
I had initially gotten this out of the library and have been trying to pick it up and trudge through it, but it never seemed to fully grasp me to wantI had initially gotten this out of the library and have been trying to pick it up and trudge through it, but it never seemed to fully grasp me to want to continue. I had it well past the final renewal grace period (10 days after the last renew option) before I just chose to return it. May revisit the book again over the summer when I have more time to designate towards it. ...more
I skimmed this book while working childcare when it wasn't busy, having glossed over many sections, I still felt I gave the book more attention than pI skimmed this book while working childcare when it wasn't busy, having glossed over many sections, I still felt I gave the book more attention than planned. Had hoped for an audio version as this tended to be more fluff than I expected even for chick lit. I had a pretty good guess of an outcome with in the first 50 or so pages and I wasn't too far off. The fact I had a solid guess and wasn't too far off tells me that it wasn't really what I wanted for a book. Like others said, I just feel like this book was to satisfy the readers of me before you...more