Last weeks novel was The Winner Stands Alone by Paulo Coelho.
I’ll start with some general notes. This was a quick read. At 343 pages it didn’t feel that long. I felt the beginning was heavily bogged down by the social commentary. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that not every book has to be a feel-good extravaganza, but this entire book just felt mean and negative. Like one long rant about all the problems in the world and specifically the problems with our obsession with celebrity and fame.
I enjoyed Igor’s storyline. It was interesting, a bit crazy, and well-rounded. Most of the other characters felt like cardboard cutouts, more like set pieces than characters. They helped set the overall scene, but didn’t add their own interest for me.
In the scheme of Paulo Coelho, I’m hoping that his other books are… more. This one just felt lacking somehow.
2.5 out of 5.
So, on to this week!
This weeks novel will be…
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.
Another Young Adult novel, this one seems to be pretty straight-forward in subject. Love. Two teenagers, both trying to figure themselves and life out, falling in love with each other.
I’m hoping this will be a feel-good novel, especially after the acerbic bite of The Winner Stands Alone.
That’s all for this Novel Monday! See you Friday.