Thursday, July 9, 2009

Book Review: Out Stealing Horses

Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson

[Full disclosure: I link to Amazon because I like their descriptions. No one pays me to review books and link to Amazon. Though I wouldn't mind considering it as side thing ;-). Do not feel obligated to buy the book from Amazon.]

I really didn't enjoy this book at all. It was not long in number of pages, but it felt very long. Sometimes the longer novels are daunting because of their physical size, but they may actually be a quick read because you're enjoying it. But this book is not over 300 pages and yet felt as if it were 1500.

It wound around and off what you might think is the plot. But I'm not sure there is an actual plot. I kept waiting for something to happen. Anything. Please, just let something happen. There was a promise of something at the beginning but it was dropped and never brought up again.

Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy books where it's more like a leisurely drift down the river of the story. If they're written well, I like them as much as the books that are more like a white water rapid trip. But this one was not well written. Of course it may have been lost in translation as it was originally written in Norwegian.

Characters and story arcs were introduced never to be really heard from again. It almost seems like story without a purpose. I would not recommend this book.

Next month: The Devil in the White City by Erik Lawson


Jenn said...

First, I LOVE the devil in white city. Great book.

Second, do you always finish books you don't like? I'm reading a book that is killing me, middlesex, and usually I make a point to finish books even if they're aren't so enjoyable. But now, I can't remember why I do that.

Becky Mochaface said...

You don't like Middlesex?? I LOVED Middlesex! My whole book club loves Middlesex. Which is saying something because it's very rare for all of us to like a book.

Jenn said...

SERIOUSLY. I actually think I'm the only person I've met that thinks it's boring. Oy. Maybe I should just push through. At least then I can say I've read it ;)