I can appreciate the story - young boy grows up during a rough time but ends up becoming very successful, both in his business and personal life. I can even appreciate the author's ability to help you "see" the story. I feel like I got a real sense of how it was in Burma during this time. What I can't appreciate, are some of the long stretches of (seemingly) unnecessary details and conversations. I expect to have loads of details in an unabridged version, but sheesh, those details are usually helpful in telling the story. Not this time; instead I felt like there was a bunch of fluff added in. On top of that, the end read as if the author had gotten tired of writing, but still wanted to cover a 10? 20? 30? year timespan so he just threw it all out there with no clear indication of the year, or the amount of time that had passed. 2.5 stars for the idea of the story, -2.5 stars for making it sooo difficult to finish. (I actually gave up about 5 times).
2.5* I'll start by saying that I was really looking forward to this book, and I understand that this is fiction.. but still. On the one hand, I liked the (main) story; young girl forced into 'whoredom' refuses to settle on just being a victim. Ok, cool, great, I love it. What I didn't like was the often unnecessary (and very recurring) graphic sex. I get that men like sex, but this book just made it seem like the guys in the book were simple-minded, horny lumps of flesh. Every man that she came in contact with immediately wanted her, even when they knew nothing about her. It's as if the girl walked around with a magic sticker on her forehead that said "Don't even attempt to know or care about me", and only the guys could see it. What ever happened to character development and back story? Not to mention that some of the events in the story were way too far-fetched. I sometimes found myself rewinding & repeating to see if I had accidentally missed a birthday or something, because this young girl was doing some "grown woman stuff". Lastly, the ending didn't fit the story, and it honestly didn't make me want to pick up the next book in the series. Sorry KLJ, this one didn't do it for me. By the way, when the writer forgets their own character's name, that doesn't add to my enjoyment of the story. (Is it me, or did Robert Simmons in pt. 1 become Richard Simmons in pt. 2?? It could be my mistake).
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