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“A sprawling fantasy saga . . . Caleb Carr boldly goes where he’s never gone before.”—USA Today
“Carr keeps the action hurtling along with a steady diet of gruesome murders and political betrayals. And he clearly wants modern readers to see something of their own world in the political corruption and greed that ultimately doom Broken.”—The Boston Globe --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Unfortunately, I couldn't finish the book on the first read. Dense storytelling (count how many times a character speaks and then the reader is forced to wade through a paragraph of explanation) interfered with the story. Too much telling, not enough showing. I put the book down after reading the first two pages - not a good sign - and had to try again several times before I found a narrative hook. I skipped ahead to pages where there was dialogue and action and enjoyed those scenes. I connected with the characters but wanted the backstory to get out of the way so I could experience the story. The energy of Alienist, Angel of Darkness, Killing Time, and Italian Secretary were missing. And the distraction of violating a basic writing rule of using "he/she said" became absurd. Characters chortle, scoff, whisper, grunt, moan, hiss, announce... Before you judge me a literary snob, trying saying any line of dialogue while you simultaneously grunt or chortle. It's comic.
I wanted so much to like this story - and I will eventually finish it - but it disappointed my high expectations. I respect the amount of time it took to create this novel and the depth of world building behind it. But in the end it just didn't come together.
After reading the afterword, I truly hope that Mr. Carr's physical and mental health are okay.Read more ›
I will avoid making specific plot/character comments and so spoil the story, but I found the tale interesting enough to keep me reading, looking for historical connections and modern metaphors in an often laboriously scripted tale. It is long (651 pages, with an additional 80 pages of detailed notes, which I never felt inclined to consult), but fails to develop in a truly satisfying and engrossing way (as for instance, Tolkien's classics do).
In its favor it is a finely printed edition, thick but of small enough size to make it easy to hold and read. It also had potential to be an interesting story - a fascinating and blurry-lined mix of fact and fiction, history and fantasy. And this potential is what kept me engaged for much of it, despite it's obvious weakness.
For me the weaknesses were various ranging from inconsistent narrative voice and character development, to improbable scenes (for instance what was accomplished within limited time frames), and plot holes, overly wordy and dull dialogues, and ultimately, uncertain philosophical implications. At times the novel (and it's characters) was so sure of itself, even heavy handed in its message, and then almost in the next breath vague and inconclusive seeming. There were moments that pulled at my heart or engaged my intellect, but more often it just skimmed the surface.Read more ›
UPDATE (3.2.13): I gave it a second chance before it was due at the library. The writing still irritated me, but the plot kicked in and held my interest around pp. 150-200. Upping my initial 2-star rating to a 3 in consequence. I guess I wold say, give it a chance, though it still isn't one of Carr's best.
If it were a 10 star system I would give it a seven but given the current five star range a four is sufficient as a three would be too low given how much I enjoyed it overall.
The subject matter was interesting, the characters were compelling and the story had several mysteries (not all of which were resolved at the end). There were more than a few occasions that I had to reread portions in order to grasp, what I assume was, the author's meaning.
I am hoping for a sequel to this book because the story as a whole did seem a bit unfinished. Perhaps it's just me but I felt like I was left making some assumptions with limited hints provided by the author and I would have preferred to have things made a bit clearer.
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Held my interest so I finished it but the ending obviously is leading to sequel which I don;t believe I will buyPublished 18 hours ago by Mike
I really enjoyed the structure and language used to tell the story but it could not make up for the incompleteness of the story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Apple
Legend of broken is a strange book. It is told in a manner resembling verbal prose which if you read the book hearkens to Veloc's proclivity. Read morePublished 4 months ago by E. Gray
The first thing you notice as you start The Legend of Broken is that you have to wade through 3 layers of fictional writers/editors before getting to the actual story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Dooley
The depth of knowledge Carr shows in this novel is amazing. And the story itself is unlike any I've ever read.Published 9 months ago by Patricia Lapidus
I am neither a historian or philosopher and having never read his works before was not aware of his other works. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Pat Boyter
I have been a fan since the alienist. His books really hold your attention and are very well done. Look forward to more.Published 13 months ago by Linda Heady
Great Story. I loved this book so much I gave away my original copy to my History professor, that's why I bought this copy. Need I say more . Read morePublished 13 months ago by kathleen zottarelli