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Barolo by Matthew Gavin Frank
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Apr 21, 10

Read in April, 2010

I could not make myself finish this book. I read about half of it, and I couldn't take it anymore. This author is far more concerned with flowery pretentious writing than he is with the story. Could he write that he and his party were going into a restaurant for dinner? No, he had to write this: "The white facade of the restaurant extends is thick arms to us, the orange lantern-lit interior containing its secrets, if only for a final moment." I know this example from page 48 is only one sentence, but the first half of this book was full of sentences like this.

I generally like travel memoirs, especially ones set in countries I have traveled to, but the quality of the writing is very important to my reading experience. I wish the author had spent more time on the story, and less time with his thesaurus.
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