Sunday, March 31

Book Review: The South

Title: The South

Author: Colm Tóibín

Pages: 238

Summary: Tóibín's first novel The South, set in Spain and rural Ireland, features Katherine Proctor, a painter on the run from a broken marriage. When love in Spain sours, she returns to Ireland for refuge, surviving on fragments of memory and her newfound passion for Painting. Tóibín leads his main character along the perilous paths of self-discovery with a wealth of understanding and depth of perception that makes this a highly impressive debut.

My Rating: 7.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I enjoyed this novel quite a bit, while I didn't love it, I did find myself reading it all in pretty much one sitting. While I did have a few problems with it, overall it was a nice read.

I did find there were a lot more slow parts, more than I would have liked. There were a few times, I wanted the story to push forward and felt few interactions between characters were becoming redundant. But overall, I think for the author did a great job at taking the readers on a journey with the characters. I didn't have a favourite character, but I did find them to be well developed and interesting to read about. There were a few times, I found myself wanting to know what would happen next, and how the characters in the book would progress and how it will affect the rest of the story. Although I didn't have a favourite character, they were written well enough for me to want to keep reading.

I also enjoyed the writing style. It was a good medium between simple to the point, and prose. Both which I like, but this made for a good solid, and fast read, but still got that feeling of a strong and engaging narrative.

Overall, the book is well worth reading, and is one of those books you read on a lazy afternoon. Well worth reading it all in one sitting.

Would I recommend it to read: I would. My first experience with the author didn't work out, but this book was a good book. I read it in a sitting and I think a lot of other readers would also enjoy the book.

What to read next: Lady Oracle

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, Ireland Reading Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge

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