Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Blogging for Books: J by Howard Jacobson

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in return for my honest review. Here's my review!




I always try to find something about a book that I absolutely love so I can give a review with pros and cons, but honestly, I found very little to love about this book. I really struggled to make it entirely through, but felt obligated since I did receive a free copy. I guess that was the best thing, for me, about it: the price was right.


It's a novel about a dystopian society where the letter J is taboo. That is an interesting premise, but the author gave very little character development. I felt absolutely no connection with these characters. The world they were placed in had very little color to it; I mean that in the sense that it was very poorly described. Even if the description were that it was a lifeless desert (dystopian after all), that would have been something.


The story was vague and disappointing. I'm not sure what the author was attempting to do here, but I didn't get it and perhaps that is my own failing. On the other hand, I cannot give this book more than a one out of five stars.




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