Friday, August 24

Book Review: Nikolski

Title: Nikolski

Author: Nicolas Dickner

Pages: 287

Summary: Spring 1989. Three young people leave their far-flung birthplaces to follow their personal songs of migration Each ends up in Montreal, each on a voyage of self-discovery, dealing with the mishaps of heartbreak and the twisted branches of their shared family tree. With humour, charm and the sure touch of a born storyteller, Nicolas Dickner crafts a tale that shows the surprising links between garbage-obsessed archaeologists, pirates past and present, earthquake victims, sea snakes, several large tuna fish, an illiterate deep-sea diver, a Commodore 54, a mysterious book with no cover and a broken compass whose needle obstinately points to the Aleutian village of Nikolski.

My Rating: 6.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't a good one either. Mainly because almost nothing happens for the entire book. Sure there is a story there, but nothing seems to come together. It's almost like it's separate stories, with one similar link, that all just stop part way through. Each story line had some interesting points to them which I did enjoy, but everything seemed to start and stop in the middle. There wasn't much character development or plot development to the story, it was just a flat line that carried on the same pace throughout the book.

The writing was good and the ending was good, but without a complete and developed story, the ending didn't have the impact it should have. In the end not the best book I've read.

Would I recommend it to read: I'm not sure if I would. Good writing, but there doesn't seem to be an actual story there.

What to read next: Other Canada Reads winners, Mistress of Nothing, The Last Crossing, The Best Laid Plans, Next Episode

Challenges: 12 in 12, 100+ Challenge, Canadian Reading Challenge VI, Mount TBR Challenge, New Author Challenge



6 comments:

  1. Oh - I do so agree with this review, Jules! Great writing, but what was this all ABOUT?! My son had this novel listed as one of his reading choices for a high school course recently, I was intrigued enough by the recommendations and of course by the lovely cover presentation to tackle it myself, but I felt sadly disappointed. It should have been so much better - the author definitely has talent and a clever vision...

    ~Barb

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    1. Exactly! There person who handed the book off to me said nothing happens for the entire book. I had a hard time believing, then I experienced for my self.

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  2. Sounds more like a long poem than a story...

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    1. Hmm, that would be an interesting way to look at it.

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  3. I don't think I would like a book that seems to go nowhere, and the fact that it meanders it's way around in an unending circle would bother me. I see we would have the same reaction to this one!

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    1. Yes, it bothered me to, but I slogged through it. It was a different read, so I guess I can say I tried expanding my reading horizons.

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