Saturday, March 10, 2012

2012 book 71

Nathacha Appanah's The Last Brother
I've had a sample of this on my Kindle since it came out months and months ago, but other things seemed more pressing. But since it was entered into the Tournament of Books, I figured I should finally read it. And I get why it got so many great reviews, I guess, but a) it's TOTALLY a downer, about an elderly man reminiscing about when he was a bereaved and abused boy who befriended a Jewish boy prisoner during WWII on Mauritania, and b) it's too short to really let too much develop, story- and character-wise. This book was GOOD, but also very DEPRESSING. I predict that 1Q84 is gonna crush it. B/B+.

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