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Paperback Castles

I live on a page in a book. My name is written in a curly and swirly font, along with long descriptions of sleepless nights and filled bookcases.

Currently reading

Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1)
Marcel Proust, Lydia Davis, Christopher Prendergast
Swanns verden 2 (På sporet af den tabte tid, #2)
Marcel Proust
The Essential Rumi
Rumi, Coleman Barks, John Moyne, A.J. Arberry

Jordens søjler

Jordens Søjler - Ken Follett I desperately wanted to like this book. It was recommended to me by almost everyone and my expectations were fairly high. I love historical fiction, so it seemed obvious that I would enjoy this book, just as so many others did. But something went wrong, and I ended up liking it a lot less, than I had hoped.

First of all, this is by no means a bad book. I may find the writing in it bad, but the book and the story itself is actually quite exciting and good. Hence the two stars. I read it rather quick considering the amount of pages, so it must have had something. BUT...

.. I really did find the writing style poor. I didn't care much for the long architectural descriptions of the cathedral (which was obviously written for experts and not for the common-reader like myself), I didn't like Follett's use of shorts sentences (which probably was designed to create suspense, but left me annoyed), and I really didn't like the extremely simplified characterization of the novel's characters, dividing them into two categories (and two categories only); good vs. bad. There was absolutely no variation or even a hint of coloring in their personalities. They were tame and flat - almost one-dimensional.
I also disliked the use of repetitions in the plot. When something happened for the third time I caught myself thinking "Not again?!?!?!". These repetitions may work as a tool in the novel to underline the meaning of fate - but it spoiled the book for me.

As an easy-read, just for the pleasure of an understandable and exciting story, this book works just fine. As a new classical epic, however, it fails miserably.