Saturday, January 3, 2015

Review: two mini-reviews of Land of Love and Drowning and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Land of Love and Drowning follows several decades of the lives to two women in an impoverished family in the Virgin Islands.  It's a decent book, probably more interesting than good.  Writing is quite good and has several interesting elements such as storytelling, Virgin Island history, and magical realism.  However, nothing is really done with any of it so the whole is less than the sum of it's parts.  It might have worked better as straight-up historical fiction with local stories scattered throughout the text.  Still, I always give points for what a book tries to achieve because other people might enjoy it more than I did.

Rating: 7/10.

Book is of a cantankerous bookstore owner and widower slowly drinking himself to death who one day finds a surprising package in his bookstore.  The package, along with a heart-warming book rep, results in a remarkable change in to his life.  The story is not half bad; kind of a love story/life story about booklovers. It won't be anything you haven't read before, but it has a love of books and of bookstores all throughout the story.

Rating: 7/10. 

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