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Adele

Montréal
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A disappointingly narrow view on modern literature

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-07-19

The book started promising with a very broad list of stories deconstructed but as soon as mainstream literature stops following the basic plots and ending in marriage or death, described at the beginning, the book becomes a rant on degrading art and society.
A lot of the book’s mass is retelling of the stories it talks about. Yet the understanding and deconstruction of modern literature pieces of the author seem to be very narrow and lacking context.
I didn’t find this book to be very useful in understanding story telling and would suggest rather listening to the base material itself - from greek myths, Aristotle to the modern pieces from Albert Camus and James Joyce (who the author seem to have hated) - it would give you a much more understanding of the subject and would be less of a waist of time.

Better than I thought it would be

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-18

I started Uprooted soon after I finished a historical romance novel and personally really disliked the genre. First hour of this novel I thought I jumped on even worse fantasy romance, but it appeared to be untrue. Romance adds up to a very little part of novel and I am very glad :) And beyond that!.. it’s magical, the villain is great and something very familiar to me - Eastern European setting seems to reflect the best of Slavic and Baltic culture.
What also appealed to me, it’s is full of action and is very picturesque so I do really see this becoming a movie one day and hope Warner Bros will pursue its production!