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If this were a movie, I'd be the one oohing and ahhing over what I call the "pretty" of the film - the setting, the colors, the flashy lights and compIf this were a movie, I'd be the one oohing and ahhing over what I call the "pretty" of the film - the setting, the colors, the flashy lights and complicated shots. The space in which this novel operates is mapped out to the last detail, and I delight in exploring the playground of slums and sterile walls, glass catwalks and city streets that the author unfolds.
It's a shame that such a painstakingly created set is mauled by a mediocre cast of characters. While granted with a few humanistic qualities, people in the book tend to be flat and don't seem to pick up on things that their supposed "intelligence" should allow them to do. So many times while reading dialogue I was taken aback by how protagonists brushed aside comments that had alarm bells ringing in my head.
Moreover, there's a blanket morality in which all evildoers of the plot are deemed "evil", without a chance to hear it from their side and grant deeper thought to their personal motivations and drives. What really bugs me is that little attention is paid to the interestingness of the people of this book.
In a lesser novel I wouldn't bat an eye at this two dimensional quality, however, it's much more disappointing to see a book with so much potential lag behind in an area where it should excel. So much of this writing is just shy of becoming excellent, which is maddening. But I am still rooting for Kirsten Miller to get it right on the next one....more
Brilliant and heartbreaking and so much more alive than any other book I've read.
A web of intrigue so far removed from the normalities of historicalBrilliant and heartbreaking and so much more alive than any other book I've read.
A web of intrigue so far removed from the normalities of historical fiction that I hesitate to label it so. Out of the Easy may be set in what we see as history, but to the people in the book, it is their all-consuming present, and that vibrancy shines through. How do I explain it? It's like everything in the novel makes perfect sense, so much sense that you not only believe it's true -- you believe that you are there. Like book-induced hallucinations. It's awesome.
A stunning cast of characters. For one, there's Josie Moraine, daughter of a lying no-good prostitute, crack shot, bibliophile, and (hopefully) a college-bound young adult. All her details add up into a really tangible, densely alive character. It's awesome.
A tale of dreams that fall into disaster and how they come to be resurrected again. I can't tell you how much I love this story. I'm always mentally rating books on a scale of relateability, and this one flew off the charts. The feeling of wanting something and the struggle to achieve it. The need to be accepted, respected. The desire to rise up in society, to prosper, to escape through success. The resolve to do terrible things to get there. Also awesome.