I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
There is not much I feel I can add to the wonderful reviews about this novel previously posted on this site except to say that I too am disappointed
I think I understand why the Pulitzer Prize....the subject matter. But for me this is exactly why I'm so disappointed with this book. It could have been so rich. It could have included characters the reader/listener cared about. But because the story is told in flashbacks and flash forwards and long rambling tangents along with the plethora of characters who come and go, the reader/listener never has chance to become invested in any one of them. All of this makes following the story difficult. Another reviewer considered taking notes just to be able to keep up. I don't want to think myself shallow but I'm not a happy camper. I don't like listening to a book wishing it would end soon so I can start my next book. Not good.
I am not the only one (there are three of us who listened to this book) who found this too long and too confusing. The circuitous nature of the story, why did we keep coming back to Henry? The interesting historical references to anchor the ideas helped a bit.
I spent endless hours waiting for something for my interest to peak and it just never happened. I was really excited about this book and couldn't wait to hear it. However, it was so boring and uninteresting that I was left feeling cheated.
In some ways this is a story which really moves the listener, unfortunatly it's couched in prose which is not particularly thrilling. The person who said this book meanders, is right on target.
quite a wonderful journey - really makes the long commute to work a grand pleasure - you'll even turn the cell phone off!!
Overall I really enjoyed this book. Only issue: too many characters. I found myself going back to assess who was who. My solution was to graft a chart that I could see.
Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.
The Known World, Written by: Edward P. Jones. What would be if a black man in antebellum rural Virginia became a free man, and then acquired property and himself became a slave owner. Take it one step further, what if his wife becomes the plantation Lady and its manager? This is about good people becoming bad, bad people considering good and how humanity perverts itself because somewhere in our genetic makeup we esteem ourselves weather worthy of the reverence or not.
This book came into the known world and rocked literary foundations. One must admit its structural content is unique if not perplexing. The novel won a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2004. In 2005 it won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. One would think it was destined for an important demarcation in American literature. It has since fizzled.
Has that failure to become a point of reference in literature, an indication the book is without worth, notwithstanding its stupendous but blunderbuss genesis. Has its fading from popularity been deserved? True the nonnatives are de minimums; but there is a tale here that keeps the reader involved. Certainly, there are many occurrences between the book’s characters that evoke much inner emotions in the reader. Contrarily though, the story, perhaps, is just too beyond what readers today would consider as a true past happening. The story does not fit into our imaginations.
Nevertheless, this is a recommended read as it entertains, generates considerations about slavery and its supporting society and does evoke one’s emotions.
The book is a little difficult to read/listen if you're not experienced with following multiple independent story lines that intersect at various places. The author also had a tendency to give us too much then not enough. The people weren't described in detail, but he always gave us their insight. I think it would have been better as a series because there are so many stories it felt unfinished kind of like he wanted to be done writng it.
You all have GOT to read this novel it won the 2004 Pulitzer but I had not heard of it before. Great historical novel with deep character development it stays with you...