Saturday, September 19
Book Review Alligator
Author: Lisa Moore
Pages: EBook 265
Summary: The story moves with the swiftness of a gator in attack mode through the lives of a group of brilliantly rendered characters in contemporary St. John's, Newfoundland - a city whose spiritual location is somewhere in the heart of Flannery O'Connor country. Its denizens jostle each other in uneasy arabesques of desire, greed, lust, and ambition, juxtaposed with a yearning for purity, depth, and redemption. Meet Madeleine, the driven aging filmmaker whose mission is to complete a Bergmanesque magnum opus before she dies; Frank, a young man of innocence and determination whose life is a strange anthology of unpredictable dangers; Valentin, the sociopathic Russian refugee whose predatory tendencies threaten everyone he encounters; and Colleen, at seventeen a hard-edged female Holden Caulfield, drawn inexorably to the places where alligators thrive. In these pages humanity is a bizarre combination of the reptilian and the saintly. Listen to its heartbeat, and be moved - and delighted.
My Rating: 6.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: I enjoyed aspects of the book and while it was well written, in the end it wasn't exactly the book for me. I really enjoyed Frank as a character, and would have loved to have read more about him. He just had something about him that pulled me in. I became very emotionally drawn to him as well and he's the one character that has stuck with me from the book. I really wish there was more on just Frank, as I think it would have been a more enjoyable read. I found I didn't care for the other characters or their stories, some I just disliked completely - and I found most of them didn't have the pull Frank had. While most of their stories were well told in the end, I couldn't get into them.
The disjointed narrative threw me at first, but I did enjoy that aspect of the book, it did help get inside the character's heads and while I didn't like all the characters, it helped understand what they were thinking and helped expand on their story and helped the character develop. Overall, it wasn't a bad read but it wasn't a great read either. I did like aspects of it, but not enough to truly appreciate the book.
Would I recommend it to read: I think some readers would enjoy this book, but others wouldn't like the disjointed narrative. If you enjoy narratives like that, then it I'd recommend it. Although, I did find it wasn't the actual narrative that turned me off - but the author is worth reading, so I'd recommend her other books before this one.
What to read next: More by the author
Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, 9th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, EBook Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge