The central narrative needs to be stronger and more of the book. The author digresses so much and into such detailed descriptions that you lose the central narrative. I found myself groaning as the book took on a whole other town and people and tale.
Ms. Obreht must have really taken to heart the writing lesson that details help tell the story, because she goes into such detail on so many insignificant elements that it's frustrating and, frankly, boring. And she uses in almost every case three or four elements to describe everything. I started counting them as I was reading, because I knew she couldn't leave it at just one. She needs to be a leaner writer, for me.
The reader was almost always breathless -- as if every element of the book were crucial. I did not like this reading performance.
Where do I begin?
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