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June 16, 2005
I can summarize my overall review by simply saying this book was a very slow read for me. There was nothing much to sustain the story, because Sabine pretty much finds out everything about Parsifal in the first half of the book. There was no mystery and no obstacles to her discovering the truth about her past, hence no real drama for me as the reader.
Once she gets to
The end was also one of what I call "nonendings", which are the bane of my reading existence. Nonendings are endings that don't resolve anything or really give me any idea what direction the characters are going to take. Imagine the main character comes to a fork in the road at the end of the book. One road goes left, the other right. And that's where the book ends, before we even know where our character is going to the kinds of things he/she may find. I always find that irritating.
The book also relies entirely too much on vivid dream sequences. There are at least a half-dozen in the book where Sabine is basically communing with her dead husband's lover, Phan. The first couple I found interesting, but I think the author made a few too many trips to that well. I find lengthy dream sequences irritating as well.
The writing is sound and the characters are relatively interesting. As a Midwesterner, born and raised, I think the
Now you can say the point here is that Sabine finds family, except that Sabine was already close to her family. That was never a problem for her. The trip to