Wednesday, August 24, 2005

All Is Vanity (by Christina Schwarz)

We listened to this while driving across the country and then discussed it when we stopped at the Grandma Max's next to the Motel 6 in Where Am I, Nebraska. It's a very different experience from sitting down and reading a book, so take it with the appropriate grain of salt.

We (Jen and I) picked the book apart pretty mercilessly. There's a lot of detail about certain things, and then certain other things get completely glossed over. There are at least two major confrontations--actually three--that are skipped over completely. One of the main characters barely gets one line in the novel, even though he's centrally affected by the action.

The characters are compelling and very convincing, and on that level, Schwarz succeeds brilliantly. And the themes of the novel are totally convincing and ring true. But there are problems with the structure and the plotting and even the weird foreshadowing that doesn't do anything productive... I don't know. It's uneven. Some of it is sloppy and bad, and other parts are funny and brilliant. I halfway recommend it. (Especially if you're driving across the country.)


Blogger K said...

I haven't anything to say about this, since I haven't even heard of it, but I'm glad you're back...

12:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You used to be running the Bookworm Burb - I'm updating my links since my journal moved and I was wondering if Bookworm is still updated or active at all?

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, about the Bookworm Burb - if you could change the Janos' Journal -url to I'd be grateful. Thanks!

3:15 AM  

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