Book Review #1455
The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
Rating: two stars (out of four)
I had held off on seeing the movies because I heard there were books. And I always try to read the books before I see the movies. I’m not much of a thriller fan. Though I do read some pretty thrilling suspense novels now and then and enjoy them. But it’s not something I actively seek out. We read this for my Category Fiction class and analyzed its writing and format to see why it was popular and successful. This novel felt very literary and also very commercial. It was an interesting mixture.
There was a lot of mystery shrouded throughout the novel and you were constantly picking through the information to see what was true and what was not true. It was definitely something that stretched your mind while still being a fast-paced story. But I thought it was too much information to shift through. I was tired of trying to figure stuff out and I wished it was more straightforward in approach. Some of the clues weren’t very helpful and often made me confused instead of providing answers.
I found some of the repetition annoying and tedious. I get that Bourne is suffering from amnesia, but I didn’t like how often he repeated his mantra. This novel just didn’t appeal to me as much as it did for my classmates. And I wasn’t sure why it’s such a popular series. I watched the first Bourne movie and I didn’t really like that version either. So maybe it was the main storyline that didn’t appeal to me. A disappointment.