Gabrielle Zevin; The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel by Gabrielle Zevin (2014-12-02)


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    The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel by Gabrielle Zevin (2014-12-02)


    08. December 2017 um 15:00

    A.J. Fikry first lost his wife and then his valuable first edition Poe. Even though he's not 40 yet, he's not got much left to life for. But then a woman leaves her daughter in his bookshop one night and drowns herself. A.J. takes the girl, Maya, in, first just for the weekend, then he adopts her. He also starts dating the book rep and his life seems to look up.This was clearly not the book for me. It's soppy, full of pathos and entirely stereotypical and flat. It does a lot of time jumps, often at seemingly random points, and I rarely like that in a book. It distracts me, and I felt it contributed a lot to the fact, that I never really got to know the main character.Also, for such a short book, there's just too much going on, too many characters, that get a say. I just never got invested in any of it, and I thought it lacked human understanding and soul. It tries to be clever and "for readers", throwing around a big bunch of author names and book titles as if it where candy, but sometimes I felt it was just a collection of random scenes to write the maximum amount of schmaltzy, but meaningful sounding quotes.I can say, though, that I read through it in a day, so it has at least a decent writing style and reads quite effortlessly

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