Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Book review: The Origin of Species by Nino Ricci

I disliked this book almost the entire time I was reading it. Let me explain. From the get-go I thought the writing was quite good. The character development was excellent and the characters were so believable. The problem-I did not like these people. None of them. Not Alex, or Miguel, Maria, Katherine, Amanda, Jiri, Felix, not Ingrid, or Per, NOT EVEN Esther. And I think I was supposed to like Esther. Not Dr. Klein, or Liz, Desmond or Santos! Nobody.

Alex's interactions with the Jiri and with the apartment's management company made me truly feel frustrated and then ultimately defeated-I could feel my blood pressure rising. I felt anxious numerous times during Alex's experiences in the Galapagos Islands. These aren't positive feelings by any means, but they definitely helped in redeeming this book. I've come to realize that when a book can elicit such strong reactions-especially when it's in tune with what you expect the character to be feeling-then the writer is doing something right.
Ultimately, while I may not have loved this book, I must admit I found it to be incredibly realistic and believable. But one last thing-please tell me, beside wrapping everything up in a bow, what was the point of the epilogue?

Next-now on to my second of the Canada Reads books!

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