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Ni d'Ève ni d'Adam by Amélie Nothomb
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Nov 18, 11

bookshelves: fiction-drama-poetry, japan-japanese, z-read-in-2011, abandoned

Wow, I really couldn't read this. I'm surprised the goodreads reviews were so good (3.61 at the time I read this, with 700 reviews). I don't know if this comes from the original french or from the translation, but I found this writing really annoying--childish, amateurish, like the writing of someone who has just learned to write. Every noun its adjective, every adjective and verb its adverb. Overly wordy, overly clever. Uggh, I couldn't stand this. And it didn't help that the story was way corny and just getting cornier when I finally threw in the towel on page 44 after this passage: "I threw myself at the blank page convinced that the earth would move. Oddly enough, there was no earthquake. Given the area where we lived, such telluric tranquility was an oddity that might be attributable to certain auspicious circumstances ... The next morning, the punctuality of the Mercedes was equaled only by its white sheen."
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