This book did not appeal on many levels. Firstly the storyline was very contrived, secondly the language stilted and prosaic and the story of the refugees did not reflect the reality of the present day plight of so many people fleeing war and persecution. I actually did not bother to finish the book which is most unusual!
Tedious. Struggled to finish it and then regretted that I'd bothered to persist. Totally lacking in depth and the fantasy element is ridiculous. The fact that this was nominated for the Booker prize is astounding.
Not a page Turner. The writing style is journalistic, does not feel like a story being told. There is no tension, mystery or plot twist. It is like reading an article in a news report. Main characters are ordinary near flawless personalities. Boring!!!
It seems the book that delivered to me is pirated version. Cover is not up to mark, plus in description it says it has 240 pages while the one which is delivered to me have only 229 pages. Paper quality is also not good. So surprised and appalled that amazon too sale pirated copies of books. ..
46% of the way through this on my Kindle and it's really becoming a struggle to keep going.
Firstly, was the author in some sort of contest to see how many ways he could describe each and every individual detail? I enjoy descriptive scenes, but only when they actually help set the scene: here there were similes within similes, metaphors within metaphors, repetitive descriptions as though just to fill space, and any sort of description quickly loses any meaningfulness as a result.
Which leads on to the length of his sentences. I cannot express my frustration in words. Currently, the page on my Kindle beside be, the entire page bar two lines at the top is ONE sentence. Actually, I just counted: 25 lines, only 1 sentence. I won't bore myself by trying to count the commas. It's like this throughout the book so far - desperately, annoyingly, boringly long sentences filled with excessive commas and 'and's every handful of words. It takes away from any flow the story may have, and honestly does not say anything good about this author's writing overall.
Talking of the story...
I thought it was an interesting idea when I first heard about it, but these imaginary doors are not explained. They just...appear. Granted the explanation could be somewhere in the latter 54% I've yet to read, but honesty nothing about this book so far as gripped me enough to make me WANT to continue on and find out. So far, they seem to be nothing more than lazy plot devices.
Characters are bland. Dialogue is even more so. Settings are lost amongst meaningless and seemingly endless descriptions. I feel that the writer is trying to be mysterious in his storytelling, but he fails miserably.
I will continue reading as it is for a book club (I didn't pick the book), and if by some miracle it gets better I will come back and update this review - but I'm not feeling optimistic about that at all.
This book (just about) held my attention until page 104 when it turned into Alice Through the Looking Glass. (Spoiler) The stupid notion that refugees could pass through a door and crawl along a tunnel to anywhere in Europe was not only ridiculous but insulting to all those who have genuinely risked their lives to find safety and freedom. The premise that when Europe became saturated with refugees the 'nativists' were prepared to move out to other parts of the globe was equally facile. The style of writing was annoying with convoluted sentences the length of paragraphs and a biblical turn of phrase presumably intended to convey gravitas. The characters quickly lost their initial quirkiness, the Look Inside extract is the best part of the book, and became one dimensional. A book of two halves, neither of them good.
Refugees do not migrate from one country/continent to another so easily & whenever they want. I am yet to meet a refugee who flees his hometown, lives in tents but has enough money to buy whatever he likes. It would have been nice if the author had given it more realistic touch than simply project them as a mod who invade empty houses in other countries.