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Thursday Quotables – Ellis Island

Beyond Lady Liberty was the city itself. It was a dull day and the tall buildings emerged from the grey horizon like ghosts. We stood, a small and shivering crowd of newcomers, silenced by the skyline. It was as if it had emerged from under the sea itself, grown out of the was nothingness of the ocean we had come to know over the past week.

Thursday Quotables MemeI had high expectation for this novel, because it seemed to have all the elements I like in a story: the journey, the displacement, the seeking of one’s true identity. I found nothing of this.

The author seems far more concerned with the outside world, with the materialism of the situation, that with the more intimate movement of the soul. I had a very hard time connecting with a character that was too much focused on getting wealth than finding happiness.

Still, the prose was quite pleasant to read, if a bit shallow for my likings, and sometimes created nice imagery.

You can read my review of the book here


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  • Lisa
    Posted September 18, 2014 at 21:55

    I love the image here of the city rising up out of the sea. I’m sorry to hear that the book itself didn’t live up to your expectations, but the writing seems quite lovely!

    • jazzfeathers
      Posted September 19, 2014 at 05:06

      Yeah, the writing is lovely, that’s how I could finish the book even if I wasn’t really liking it. My problem was mostly with how the author handled characters’ reasons. And yeah, the plot was weak and predictable, in my opinion. But well…

  • Akhfhin Rahardhiyanto
    Posted September 19, 2014 at 01:10

    Love the quote! it seems mysterious to me and yet quite powerful. I’m sorry you didn’t get to enjoy the book as you hoped though that’s a bummer.

    • jazzfeathers
      Posted September 19, 2014 at 05:10

      Hi Akhfhin and thanks for stopping by 🙂
      Yes, it’s a pity, because there are a lot of good ideas in the book, they were just handled carelessly or in a excessive superficial way. For example, the way the fight for the indipendence of Ireland is presented in the book was a major disappointment for me. I didn’t get any sense of the struggle and the way it impacted on people, even if the characters are directly involved in it.

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