Nov 04, 10
Read from October 11 to 22, 2010
This is the worst book I've read in years! The narratives are incredibly disjointed and confusing. None of the characters is interesting enough to warrant the energy required of the reader to piece together their stories in a meaningful way. The writing itself is trite and one gets the feeling that one has read similar stories by better writers. By far the worst flaw of the book is the lack of propulsion. I'm amazed that I read the entire book as there was nothing driving the book forward. Without giving too much of the novel away, I will say the image of the shark was arresting and beautiful but that the furniture motif felt forced and fell flat. Why this book was nominated for the National Book Award is beyond me.