This is a “Yes, but…” kind of book.
The “YES” part is pretty easy to describe:
- Yes, it IS the same author that wrote “All the light we cannot see” . I enjoyed that book.
- Yes, the style of writing is unique, the descriptions are rich and full of attention to detail. I’m sure that if someone wanted to adapt the book into a film, the visuals would aspire would be crystal clear.
- The first part is great.
- The author is skilled at ensuring you don’t jump ship mid way, even though the thought of quitting seemed quite attractive throughout the long middle section of the book.
- The plot that IS there REALLY requires you to suspend belief.
- There’s very little plot and it moves slowly. SLOWLY. The author must have wanted readers to truly have the sensation of time moving slowly…
- It felt like the book was more about style than substance.
In short, I enjoyed the first part of the book. I did not succumb to temptation and quit because of the magnetism of the style and a desire to find out what really happened to Grace.
If this book was ever adapted into a movie I wouldn’t go to see it.