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The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
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Dec 15, 2007

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I read this book on the recommendation of a friend, and had no idea that there was a surprise twist at the end. As a mystery, I didn't feel it was very compelling, but aside from that the story was definitely interesting enough to keep me engaged. A quick refresher of The Great Gatsby on Wikipedia is a good idea if you read this book, as its characters appear in The Double Bind as well.

I thought that they were well-integrated into the book, and it was definitely an innovative idea on the part of the author that lent an extra level of interest to the novel. I'm not an expert on the themes of The Great Gatsby, but I do feel that it's possible to read and enjoy The Double Bind without having a great knowledge of them.

For me, the twist ending was a complete surprise that had me going back to reread many passages in the book... I needed to see if I had missed or misread things. I didn't love the book, but the end did succeed in drawing me back in - it changed the book that much for me. I also googled the book looking for discussions, and found an amazing board that is moderated by Chris Bohjalian. He comments quite frequently, responding to questions and putting in his two cents. If you're interested:

I've read Midwives, also by Chris Bohjalian, and after reading The Double Bind I'm definitely interested in reading other books he's written.
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message 1: by Kim (new) - rated it 4 stars

Kim I did the same thing with the ending... and I have to admit it had been 20+ years since I read Gatsby. I think that it being set in my area definitely helped keep my interest. :)

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