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The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
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Jan 14, 09

Read in January, 2009

Well, I tried. An NYTimes book reviewer hailed this book as one of the top novels of the year (2008), so I bought the hype, scooped it up, and admired the cover for a long little while. Then I started reading ... and nothing grabbed my attention ... at all. And I became bored. Soon I realized I was 20-something pages in, had been introduced to a dozen characters, and felt completely unattached. Some might say I gave in too soon--that after 25 pages I should still be intently reading and waiting for those exciting veins of plot to pop up. Eh. Life's too short. The story just did not get me right off the bat and, although I'm not looking for a love-at-first-sight type of book-reading experience, I'm at least looking for a bit of intrigue. The writing in this story didn't grab me (at all!), and the story itself didn't grab me, and, well, as you can see--nothing was grabbed. And here ends my lengthy review of a measly 25 pages.

Except, you know what? Read the first page of the story. Then you'll be really into it. For that page. And then let me know what you think of the rest. And also inform me when that lovely first page comes back into the story's focus. I was into that.

Lastly, I'll say this. Upon another painful glance at the glowing reviews, I might someday have to give this another go. But first I'll foster my patience with something that has a few more immediate rewards for my undivided attention.
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Debbie Angolano Read the orphan train. It is a wonderful book

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Lajoie Ward If you're in it for a cohesive storyline and a simple murder mystery, it's not the book for you. If you want something that will challenge your assumptions and make you think past stereotypes about history and race? Pick it up and push through!

Garden Girl you may enjoy this when you are more mature. It does take patience, but it is well worth it for thoughtful folk.

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