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Beautifully written, but ...
on January 19, 2013
I'd like to give this book 5 stars because it is beautifully written, the threads of the plot woven tightly, and the attention to detail enhancing the setting, but the end result of reading was a hollow feeling. Why?
The story is told from Bruno's point of view. He comes across as a self-centered and weak individual. We see all the others around him through his eyes and his thoughts. He makes assumptions and jumps to conclusions that seem to be far from the truth. I kept wanting him to talk to the others, to ask them questions and find out what they were really thinking and feeling. And, he gets off too easily while the others suffer. As a result, I didn't care what happened to him.
Ultimately Bruno's story seems to be little more than one man's soliloquy.