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The American by Martin Booth
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Mar 12, 2011

did not like it
Read from March 12 to 24, 2011

VERY DISAPPOINTING. This would have made a good short story. If you take out the actual plot, which could have been done in 20-30 pages, half of the rest read like a not-very-interesting travel brochure written by a bored travel writer forced to tour Italy with in-laws and the other half was filled with bland generalizations on life that pretended to be deep insights but were actaully the immature babblings of drunken college sophomores during a late-night dormroom bull session. Very little action. This is one rare case where you should skip the book and go to the movie. If you want a well-written thriller, read Charles Cumming or Henry Porter.

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03/12/2011 page 4
03/18/2011 page 130
45.0% "Booth blathers on and on, often repeating himself over and over, lecturing us with the pompous pretense of someone who thinks he's discovered important truths that were known to the rest of us long ago. The endless monologues are not deep thinking, but the drunken ramblings of college sophmores. This is one time you can skip the book and see the movie, which I hope, has nothing to do with the book."
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