Saturday, April 27, 2013

Book Review #1457 The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Book Review #1457
The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Rating: one star (out of four)

I read this for my Category Fiction class. My main complaint was this: too many characters. It was impossible to keep track of all of them. I'm not sure why this book has gotten so much acclaim, it seemed to have a lot of jarring elements that made it a fairly unpleasant read for me. It was very dark and creepy, but it wasn't done in such a way that I liked or made sense. There were some problems with structure as well, some elements of the story didn't make sense where they were placed.

The character jumping was annoying and even though it made it seemingly more thrilling by being able to jump from one set of individuals to the other, I found it disjointed and tedious. I never felt like I had a firm grasp on any of the characters' personalities and I thought the author should have cut the characters in half and worked on developing those. Instead I was annoyed. There were also a lot of loose ends that never seemed to be wrapped up. There might have been some things lost in translation, but on the whole, I did not enjoy the story. Not a book I'd recommend at all.

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