I admired the imagination and creativity of the author, but found it hard to feel involved or even concerned with what happened. The characters were not appealing and the storyline felt rather absurd. I wish the author had tweaked both the characters and the plot slightly to help the reader feel like it was worth the effort to try to figure out what was going on. I found myself getting restless and switching to other books and then returning to this fanciful one before starting the next book.
It was a story about people I not only couldn't care about, but actively disliked and wanted nothing to do with.
All of them.
This book was not for me. I did not like the narrator's voice. I did not find the plot compelling and I did not find anything redeeming in the characters.
I found the narration very monotone, dry and boring. The storyline and the ending were just too unrealistic to interest me. I basically feel like I slogged through to the end. I kept thinking something interesting might happen and since I purchased the book and didn't want to feel like I had wasted my money by not finishing it.
I kept waiting for the point. Just another story of dysfunction. One or two mildly amusing sections, however they were too few.
The overall story was so vulgar. I could not treat any character with sympathy or relate to them at all.
Her reading of it was fine.
All of them.
I tried my best to enter the world of the Fangs but could only find foolishness in their communications and actions. Meaningless ramblings of just another dysfunctional family.
I could find no pathos, no humor, no message and therefor no reason to finish this book. Save your investment of time and credit, this book deserves neither.
The story line was not remotely plausible, in my opinion. People who are this ill usually don't manage to roam free without someone locking them up. The Fang children were boring characters, and the events in their lives had nothing to do with the main story. Why, for instance, did Buster get hit with a potato gun? What did that have to do with anything?
What genre would that even be?
Boring. Annie was annoying and boring, Buster was pathetic and very sad sounding.
Annie's affairs and movie star life--not credible
The whole thing about Camille's dark and graphic paintings.
Can't understand how this book was so highly rated. It was basically extremely depressing, not funny, and slightly sick. I couldnt wait for it to be finished.
It took me a while to get used to the narrators monotone. Not my favorite. The story was mostly depressing though it was slightly funny. I'd pass if I were you.
I sat through the first hour before turning it off. Here's what happens in the first hour. I'm not spoiling the plot because there isn't any. A mother shoplifts jelly beans from a candy store, has her daughter report her to the clerk, drops the jelly beans on the floor and has her son eat the jelly beans, and calls it "performance art." An actress is asked to do a topless scene in a movie and doesn't want to do it. A failed novelist writes a story for a men's magazine about guys who make potato guns. The characters, dialogue, and scenes are flat, dull, unimaginative...in a word, boring.
I loved humor sometimes a liitle sad, but other times laugh out loud funny. The narrator was perfect. She knew the characters well. The story was unique and interesting.
I acctually checked to see if there were any other books he had written right after I finished The Fang Family. So the answer is definately.
So perfect. She really knew her characters.