May 10, 11
Read in May, 2011
One of the review excerpts in the back of this book described it as in the same style as Cormac McCarthy. I agree with that, and would also describe this book as similar in some ways to Willy Vlautin's novels. So I give the book four stars because, although it was good, I've read better. There are a few holes in the story line, and the ending is somewhat unsatisfactory (not in content, but in style -- there's a lot of dramatic build up to a rather quick and abrupt conclusion that does not resolve the matter entirely, or even seem like a logical place to conclude). That said, the concept is intriguing, and the characters original, and the writing is starkly beautiful at certain points (at others it seems to plod). Overall, I liked it a lot, thus, four stars.