Top critical review
Disappointing, infantile and boring.
on November 1, 2013
It starts out interesting. I was intrigued by the initial setup of the plot.
Before I got halway through it though, the plot had lost all momentum, and the narrative had become repetetive, unfocused and whining, virging on resentful.
I got the impression that there was supposed to be a message in the story - some kind of radical, controversial or unorthodox thoughts to glean from it.
But there isn't. There are a couple of half hearted attempts to go after the judiciary system, and even a debate that involves an exceptionally worthless and unfounded theory on genetics.
The characters are poorly drawn out, even the ones at the center of the story. Some of them are introduced in a manner that would suggest they actually have an actual part in the story. But then they disappear, and are never heard of again. One of their neighbours appears in, let's say 7-8 sentences. Two of those sentences descibe how fit she is. An athlete of olympic proportions, apparently. And, well, I mean, why should I care? She has no bearing on the story, and disappears completely after the first few pages.
There are really only 3 people in this story. In spite of that, we never get to know any of them. And the relations between them is constantly of a confusing nature, to say the least. A lot of pages are spent on attempts to describe how the ordeal affects the realtionship between man and wife.
And then it ends, with what I can only describe as an "easy way out" for the author. But by that time I had long since stopped caring. Both how the story went, and even more what happened to the main characters.
Non-existing plot, poor narrative, infantile ideas, non-likeable one-dimensional characters
The only reason I give this two stars is that I actually managed to finish this utterly trifling, unimportant and ultimately just plain boring book, with it's annoying theories and childish rants.