Jul 02, 12
Read from July 08 to 09, 2013
I have to confess. This book was significantly better, or more serious, than I expected. I really thought it was just going to be a silly gore-fest. It wasn't at all. It was an artful blending of history and fiction. I wish I had enjoyed it more. It is written as a retelling of Abe's life after someone studies his personal diaries, interviews people, etc. I had a really hard time engaging in this narrative style. I'm not suggesting it was done anything but masterfully. In fact the book is quite well written (though I didn't think the pictures contributed anything). I just couldn't loose myself in it, I'm sorry to say.
I did feel incredibly sorry for Abe and his losses, could appreciate the position he found himself in and enjoyed his tenuous relationship with Henry. However, I absolutely cannot accept Henry's final decision concerning Abe and can't believe Abe would have accepted it. I thought that last little tidbit was a a complete cop-out on the authors part. Don't get me wrong, it was pretty predictable, but I could have done without. I also would have liked to know a bit more about Mr. Smith. I liked him in the beginning, but he never resurfaced.
I'm glad to have read it, but I'm also a little happy to be finished. If you know what I mean.