The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

It barely made it to three stars. Most of the time, I was not sure what I was reading about. I do like linguistic experiments – present/past, first person narrator/ third person narrator, etc, but in this novel it was not organic. it does look artificial as if the author was trying too hard to impress everyone and was trying to show her skill. Yes, skills are obvious, descriptions are long, numerous, and detailed, coincidences are amazing, and overall it is a big stretch. Most of the book I was willing to give it only two stars as I could not find head or tail in this convoluted, slightly bland, and insipid story.

To each, its own …..


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