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Zoli by Colum McCann
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Jan 28, 2012

really liked it
Recommended to Neil by: SF Book Club
Read from January 26 to 31, 2012 — I own a copy , read count: 1

The book's opening section with Zoli telling her story is the best part of the book. When the story leaves Zoli to cover the English dude it brings the story to a halt. He's fictionally undesirable. The book tries to recover by going back to Zoli, but something is lost. There are some terrific scenes which bring Zoli to life, like her encounter with a mute farmer and his mother. These scenes are strung together enough to keep the book interesting. The final scenes are unnecessary and I'd feel more comfortable giving it a 7/10 than 4/5, but alas I'll give it 4 because it was written by an Irish guy.

One thing that was interesting was that members of my book club, most are well traveled, did not have high opinions of gypsies and this book did nothing to sway them. Some of them didn't enjoy the book because of their own opinions of gypsies. Who knew my book club was full of horrible racists! ... btw, That's not true.
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