Some people think the book is too long. I myself love to settle into a good long book, I enjoy getting to know the characters; I want the mundane and the strong emotional content of the characters every day lives. I want to feel myself in their shoes. Too long? Maybe for some but to me it was just right.
Others think that the portrayal of the characters were unfair and inconsistent. Who's to say what anyone will say or do on any given day? You can't say 'They wouldn't say that' in real life, because somewhere in the world there probably is someone that would. It's like reverse prejudice, you are putting everyone in a certain category in your own head, that all members of the military are exactly the same, all Southerners are portrayed exactly the same, all Christians and so on. Should we discriminate the book because SK uses his own categories? Isn't that why it is a work of fiction?
I'm not sure about all the 'southern' hick comments either since the book is set in Maine. Unfortunately the narrator did tend to put a southern twist on the accents. The store owner sounded like an Irish/Jamaican, the voices of the women were shrill and the children all sounded as if they had severe sinus conditions. Just softening a voice is adequate when portraying a character of the opposite sex.
Love the chapters and sections written from the dog's point of view, always entertaining.
For those that didn't finish or enjoy, try again, give the characters time to develop and don't focus on the portrayal of a character, or political correctness focus on the character itself
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