Friday, October 22, 2010

2010 book 250

Julia Franck's The Blindness of the Heart
Translated from the German, this novel starts with a young boy being abandoned by his mother at a train station just as WWII has come to an end. Then things flash back to the end of WWI and to two half-Jewish sisters with an abnormally close relationship (it's fairly easy to guess that one of these will end up being the boy's mother). Their story starts off interestingly enough, but then starts to drag a bit. Things get predictable and boring, even when the events of the plot are actually exciting. It just all felt dull. I'd have given it up a couple days ago but wanted to know what happened to the little boy, and that wasn't satisfying either. B-/C+.

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