26 May 2012

The Lighthouse Road; Peter Geye

The Lighthouse Road: A NovelThe Lighthouse Road by Peter Geye

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Without the constant juggling of the timeline this book would have been a better read.  Moving from Odd's birth through his life in flashforwards and flashbacks meant the narrative thread was often confused - what age was he?  where was he living?  what was going on?  The prose also was erratic, ranging from beautifully sparse to nearly Melville-esque detail (as when Odd bought tools to finish his keel).  Again, that's jarring for a reader.

Sadly, as much as I would have enjoyed reading about the Norwegian settlements in the Midwest during the 1890s-1930s, those two problems led to a DNF.

ARC provided by publisher.

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