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Saturday, February 02, 2008

Book Review: Not the End of the World by Kate Atkinson

I read Case Histories by this author last year. It was a very good book and Kate has a great style where there are different stories going on that eventually connect.

In Not the End of the World, Atkinson does the same thing. Different stories, but this time, too many. I found myself often flipping back, trying to find chapters to see where I recalled "a" (one) character being mentioned before.

What made it even more confusing for me was some of these characters occurred in different eras. A character is mentioned in passing by an adult niece and then later, the character is introduced before the niece's time. This wasn't obvious until I went back through the pages to figure out why a name sounded familiar.

There was just too many people to keep up with and in the end, it never connected. I ended up confused, trying to figure out what the main point of the story was. I think I have it figured -- the end tried to connect the two -- but for me, that explanation was as bad as Bobby Ewing waking up from a bad dream...

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