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QB VII by Leon Uris
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Jul 26, 2011

it was ok

I was very disappointed. With a subject matter as interesting as this, it should have been a great book. The courtroom scenes are when this book comes alive, but they only get started around page 250, which is more than halfway in. The pages until then are spent developing the background of the two principal characters. Despite this, I feel neither character ever becomes anything more than a two dimensional cliché: the Polish, Jew-hating doctor with the explosive temper, and the misogynistic, Jewish antihero of a writer. Both are thoroughly unlikeable, and the outcome is, sadly, very predictable. No nuances, no depth.

A minor point of annoyance: The use of all capital letters to depict interior monologue managed to pretty well drive me crazy. Entire chapters of capital letters are near unreadable, and by the end of the book, I would more or less skip those sections.

This was my first Leon Uris novel, Mila 18 is next, I hope it's better.
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Juneus Trinity is by far his best,Ted

GymGuy Yeah, have to agree about the capitalization. Very hard to read.

Missy Yes, the capitalization drove me crazy. Basic graphic design, people.

Mila 18 is much better, and the diary entries are printed in italic, which is much easier to read. Enjoy!

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