The Language of Paradise

The Language of Paradise

Book - 2015
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Set in nineteenth-century New England, this novel tests a woman's love against her husband's utopian quest.
Published: New York, NY :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780393057133
0393057135
Branch Call Number: F MOS
Characteristics: xxi, 387 pages ;,25 cm

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May 13, 2015

The premise sounded interested and it started off well enough, especially in terms of the writing style. Unfortunately, it didn't deliver what the blurb promised, instead jumping back in time to plod through the introduction of the main characters, rather than getting to the meat of the story. It wasn't until much later that the described plot got going, well after I'd already lost interest in the book overall.

It just felt like too many unbelievable and unrealistic things kept getting piled on, both in terms of the characters and situations, as well as some of their attitudes and thoughts. (The odd mentions of masturbation didn't really add anything either.) It just felt rather childish and empty, like the author was telling a story by playing with paper dolls, rather than showing a glimpse of real people doing interesting things.

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