J by Howard Jacobson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Well, it's a book. Just not a very good one.
I thought, when I saw reviews calling J the next 1984 I thought I would be reading an inspire, eye opening saga of life and its purpose in this world and instead I got a jumbled, confusing tale of a guy with OCD tendencies and a girl he thinks he loves...
Let me get straight to why I didn't like this book. I spent more time trying to figure out who's talking and who's thoughts are being exposed that I didn't have room to fully piece together the story line. Conversations quickly switch from actually being spoken to being remembered as a now past conversation with no breaks between he said/she said. A full paragraph will be filled with a back and forth banter and by the time I reached the end I had no idea who said what and I didn't care enough to go back and figure it out.
There were times I was halfway through a chapter and realized I was reading about someone other than the main character and had no idea.
Everything is disjointed, I couldn't make sense of it, nor do I plan to try. The story has large gaps of dull, boring information, it picks up a bit at times, but overall I care nothing for the characters or their world and world views.
I was given this book for review by Blogging for Books.
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