Monday, December 29

Book Review: The Betrayers

Title: The Betrayers

Author: David Bezmozgis

Pages: EBook 168

Summary: A disgraced Israeli politician comes face to face with the man who denounced him to the KGB and sent him to the Gulag These incandescent pages give us one momentous day in the life of Baruch Kotler, a disgraced Israeli politician. When he refuses to back down from a contrary but principled stand regarding the West Bank settlements, his political opponents expose his affair with a mistress decades his junior. He and the fierce young Leora flee the scandal for Yalta, where he comes face to face with the former friend who denounced him to the KGB almost forty years earlier.

In a mere twenty-four hours, Kotler must face the ultimate reckoning, both with those who have betrayed him and with those whom he has betrayed, including a teenage daughter, a son facing his own ethical dilemmas in the Israeli army, and the wife who stood by his side through so much.

My Rating: 6.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The book was an okay read, but not one I'd say I really enjoyed.

I enjoyed the first part of the book, it was well done, the story moved along nicely, but I found that the further I got into the story, the less interested in it I got. I felt the story was stretched longer than it should have been, and that the character development started well enough then it just declined part way through the book.

The writing was well done, although it does take a while to get used to the author's writing style, I can't say I'm a fan of the absence of punctuation when characters are speaking, the quality of writing was well done. I also think the author did a good job at weaving the political aspects of the book into the story. While I didn't find the book to lag part way through, the political history of the book did have some interesting tidbits. Unfortunately, I think a lot of that got muddled during the story, as it had a lot of information, but packed into a short book.

Overall it was an okay read.

Would I recommend it to read: I'm on the fence with this one.

What to read next: I'd try some of the other shortlisted books from the 2014 Giller Prize.

Challenges: 100+ Books Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, 8th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, EBook Challenge

Note: This is part of my November Reads

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