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The Boy Who Drew Monsters (Inglês) Capa dura – 6 out 2014
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Jack Peter's parents are one-dimensional. Donohue gives them lives outside of tending to their son, but those lives don't really connect to the rest of the story or to them. They head in that direction, but stop short. Nick's parents are brought into the mix and even as those lives intertwine, they don't quite fit into the story until possibly the last line of the book where pieces sort of fall into place. But like with the overall tone of the book, not exactly.
Donohue interjects some church personnel, but their sole purpose is to take Jack's mother into a certain thought pattern and a few activities that don't really work and that's simply because the reader is already there without them. They are really superfluous.
The dialogue is stiff, particularly that of Jack Peter's father. I kept asking myself, "Is he connected to this life or not? Does he love his wife or not? Is he invested in his son or not? Is he more invested in Nick, or not?" His behavior is stilted and I kept asking myself if he is always in a trance, drunk, or what? His behavior isn't normal even for someone not engaged in his life. Even at the end I wasn't really sure where he lined up.
My hope that the tension would develop into something more than it did is what kept me reading. But as I closed the book on the last line, spoken by Jack Peter's mother with very little gasping horror, I thought, "Nuts. It's creepy and weird but that's all." It was not as satisfying a read as I had envisioned. That I paid the price for the book that I did was the most horrific thing about it.
Wonderfully enough, TBWDM is a step in the right direction. It might not be perfect or on the same level as SC, but it's a solid read in many ways.
As always, the language is nothing short of gorgeous. Donohue's writing style is amazing. Wonderful rhythms and word choice and sounds, I love it all, devouring each word--and stopping to re-read certain lines and re-examine the imagery. It is, most definitely, my favorite part of Donohue's writing.
The premise, too, is wonderful and creates a tone that's worthy of a Stephen King novel--it's even set in Maine.
The characters work well enough, each with their own personalities and internal and external conflicts, but this is where things start to take a turn. They're not always believable. Even more, much of what's setup for them isn't fully explored.
This is what takes us to the weakest link of the tale, the plot, namely, how everything is wrapped up. Again, the setup is incredible. The first 100+ pages of this are engaging and worthy of a single-sitting read. However, threads keep dangling, and what was first interesting starts to unravel as the characters are so utterly clueless about what's going on around them. I understand that magical elements need a fair amount of disbelief, but it goes to far here--at least to me. And in the end, the story wraps up on a rather weak note.
Again, it's a wonderfully written book on the sentence level, but the plot--like Donohue's last two novels--weakened the experience for me. Still, some faith has been restored, and I will be reading his most recent novel soon enough.
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