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on August 11, 2010
I had to force my way through this novel. The premise...loss of independence, loss of privacy, loss of identity...was enough to depress me time and again. (It still has that effect now, writing this review.) So I have to admit a bias.
It wasn't entertaining. It was well-written, thoughtfully executed...but not entertaining.
But then, how entertaining can something be when you're wincing so often you need either shiatsu or a chiropractic session every time you turn the page?
As a début, 'Chang and Eng' is a fabulous indicator of Mr. Strauss's talent. I'm looking forward to the rest of his novels...which I happen to have beside me right now.
But I won't ever be going back to re-read this one.
Personal rating: 7/10