Monday, March 31
Book Review: Accusation
Author: Catherine Bush
Pages: EBook 224
Summary: While in Copenhagen, Sara Wheeler, a Toronto journalist, happens upon Cirkus Mirak, a touring Ethiopian children’s circus. She later meets and is convinced to drive the circus founder, Raymond Renaud, through the night from Toronto to Montreal. Such chance beginnings lead to later fateful encounters, as renowned novelist Catherine Bush artfully confronts the destructive power of allegations. With Accusation, Bush again proves herself one of Canada’s finest authors as she examines the impossibility inherent in attempting to uncover “the truth.” After a friend of Sara’s begins work on a documentary about the circus, unsettling charges begin to float to the surface, disturbing tales of sexual and physical abuse at the hands of Raymond. Accounts and anecdotes mount, denunciations fly, and while Sara tries to untangle the narrative knots and determine what to believe, the concept of a singular “truth” becomes slippery. Her present search is simultaneously haunted by her past. Moving between Canada, Ethiopia, and Australia, Accusation follows a network of lives that intersect with life-altering consequence, painfully revealing that the best of intentions can still lead to disaster, yet from disaster spring seeds of renewal and hope.
My Rating: 6/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: Aspects of the book intrigued me, but overall it fell just a little short to make it a great read. The story and it's character came together fairly well, although I found Sara to be a bit of a Mary Sue, and she seemed to push the story around, rather than it unfold naturally. I think that's the best way to describe it. I felt that, her character had a negative effect on the entire book, with how she interfered with it. It wasn't in a way her character was suppose to do in her quest for the truth, it felt more like for the benefit of Sara and her story - something about her ad how she influenced the story felt off.
Most of my issues around the book revolve around Sara. She's very naive and ignorant person, especially considering what her job entails her to do and where it brings her. She was very flat, emotionless and at times, stupid. She was very frustrating to follow and I think I'd have like the story as a whole, a lot better if she hadn't been so prominent in it, or if she'd been toned down. Because I did like the story surrounding the circus, and the scandal around it. I think the author had something fantastic there, but I think Sara destroyed most of that initial appeal I had for the book.
Overall, it wasn't a bad read, but it wasn't exactly a good one either.
Would I recommend it to read: I'm not sure about this one, it wasn't exactly my cup of tea. Some readers might enjoy it, but it's not at the top of the list.
What to read next: I'm not sure on this one, I think I'd check out the author again, but otherwise, at a loss for this one.
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