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Gods Without Men by Hari Kunzru
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012_release_read, mainstream, read_2012, top_25_2012_novels

Gods without men is a very fascinating book though it left me a little dissapointed in the end as I expected more coherence.
It is easier to set up an intriguing premise and throw in more and more complications and tantalizing stuff but harder to either bring some sense of completion or just keep things rolling but performing a magic trick on the reader so he or she is happy enough with the local resolutions.
David Mitchell did it in his masterpiece Cloud Atlas to which Gods without men compares - though here the unifying thread is a magical desert location as opposed to the story discovering story of Cloud atlas while the narrative range has breadth but still does not reach the Mitchell polyphony - and this book comes close but ultimately the tapestry remains unfinished
This being said the book is a joy to read and the various storylines read quite authentic for their times.
Overall a highly recommended novel though there were moments of sheer brilliance that left me expecting another Cloud atlas masterpiece and the novel stopped a little short of that
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Reading Progress

March 18, 2012 – Shelved
Started Reading
April 5, 2012 – Shelved as: 2012_release_read
April 5, 2012 – Shelved as: mainstream
April 5, 2012 – Shelved as: read_2012
April 5, 2012 – Finished Reading
July 31, 2013 – Shelved as: top_25_2012_novels

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Liviu first rv written on my Nook Color away from home so will add when back hime

Judy I liked that the end was "incoherent" as you say. Good word for that ending, but I was not expecting Kunzru to let himself get off as easily as making it clear what would happen next. Choose your own adventure!

message 3: by Amy (new) - rated it 4 stars

Amy Glad to read this review, as I was also expecting a less enigmatic ending. But I guess that was Kunzru's intention, to leave us wondering.

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