- File Size: 511 KB
- Print Length: 437 pages
- Publication Date: September 14, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009BB5554
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,578,937 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The bits of French and Swiss-German dialogue interspersed throughout the novel add a brutal air of authenticity to the story and reinforce the reluctant sympathy the reader has already built around the American main characters, as we can feel their confusion and helplessness. While I enjoyed the bits of French that I understood, I did not feel as though I were missing anything critical to the progression of the story by not understanding the Swiss-German. Like the characters, the reader can generally deduce the meaning and implications of the dialogue from the context of the scene in which it takes place.
The ending may not blow the reader's mind, but it is a perfect ending in a novel that contains so many discrete beginnings and endings. There is a Hegelian moment of realization when the characters - and the readers - note the absence of God in the scenario unfolding before them that resonates with even the least-spiritual among us. There is a distinct moment in which we understand that there will be no resolution. As the stories of each character converge, there are moments when we grieve for what we know but they do not.
Not without its flaws, but engages the reader even beyond the end of the novel in a Vonnegutesque "I-need-to-sit-and-think-about-this"-type stupor.
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