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The Veins of the Ocean: A Novel Kindle Edition
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|Length: 320 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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The not-so-good: the flashbacks, told in past tense, are too numerous and lengthy. They both explain and take you out of the story. In fact, I would say there are two stories going on at the same time. Reina's present life, which is told in first person, present tense; and the flashbacks, which are, I think, meant to explain why she is who she is and what she needs to do to change. However, it's just too much.
Then on top of that, there's a third narrative going on: myth. There is a myth to parallel every other scene. They're good myths, in some cases, like after Nesto and Reina take action (don't want to spoil it), but it's distracting. I found the pace a little too slow, and have to admit I began skimming toward the last third of the book. I get the feeling Ms. Engel put a lot of effort into this book, and it's beautiful, but it might have benefited from some trimming.
The story read as true and moving, and gave me a unique perspective of immigrants' , their trials and tribulations.