The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

41TXrLUXuoL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Another Kevin pick making its way into my book stack and blog. Unfortunately unlike some of the others, The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan was not a hit for me.  I really try to push through books I don’t necessarily enjoy, but I was barely following the plot for this one so I decided to stop reading after a hundred pages (about a third of the way through).  It required a significant amount of focus and concentration, which, while I can appreciate, is not something I personally enjoy reading.  I’m not saying I need to read a book that is at the reading level of the Goosebumps series (mad respect to RL Stine though), but I’m out of school and I’m not interested in reading something that requires the concentration of Shakespeare or Charles Dickens.  As someone who went into college thinking she was going to major in English, I can see a book like this being used for a college literature course that you’re required to analyze every sentence and constantly comment on the word choice of the author.  Perhaps I’ve lost my literature touch and am unable to read books this complicated anymore…I don’t know.  The net-net is that I found The Narrow Road to the Deep North difficult to follow to the point where I decided to put it down.  I also found the lack of quotation marks for dialogue extremely confusing, and it definitely made the book more difficult to follow.  If you are interested, what I was able to capture was that it follows a Japanese POW living in Australia who is working on railroads and he has a love interest of some sort.  Or perhaps I just got all that from the summary.  While my boyfriend enjoyed it, he also agreed that it was not an easy book to read.  This made me feel a little better, but not really because he got through it and I didn’t. 😛

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One Response to The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

  1. […] post on my book blog!  About how I wasn’t a huge fan of The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan […]

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