Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Now You See Him by Eli Gottlieb

iconiconIf you had asked me a day ago what I thought of this book, I would have said I didn't like it much. Now You See Him by Eli Gottlieb is fairly short, but really wordy, and as of a day ago I was having a really hard time with the lack of action (and surplus of introspection into the narrator's thoughts and feelings). Mainly I hung on because I wanted to see what happened to the characters.

In the end, though, I was pleasantly surprised. There are two really big revelations in the last 100 pages, and I ended up being pretty glad I finished the book. However, I'm glad it was a short book — I don't think I could have taken much more of Gottlieb's writing style. I feel a little disloyal by saying so, since the author is a fellow Coloradoan, but it's the truth.

Interestingly, I heard about the book via NPR's summer book recommendations. I seem to remember being disappointed with their summer book selections last year, too. Perhaps I should make a note of it and choose my own summer reading next year... If the other suggestions for this summer are as lackluster, I just might!

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