Sarah Arlen's Reviews > Precious
Sarah Arlen's review
Oct 30, 2009
Read in October, 2009
This is a hard book to tackle due to its subject matter (incest, abuse, disease, poverty and more), but I was prepared for that and I found it to be sad but not heavy, if that makes sense. And I love that the writing style immerses you in the character's head completely and without apology, making it a unique read, which is hard to find these days. My disappointment comes in the ending because we, the readers, aren't taken to our destination but rather dropped off on the road towards it. I wanted the book to be longer and more complete, and I have a feeling that, although I haven't seen the movie yet, the film version of "Precious" will create that better end structure I was left craving from the novel. The book is ultimately very provocative while exposing the details of a reality that are all too common in this world but rarely laid out so bluntly.
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