Monday, July 25, 2011

Ape House, by Sara Gruen: a Book Review

Ape HouseApe House by Sara Gruen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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The rhythm of the book was awkward. Gruen took care to spend many lines describing the sound of someone snoring, only to gloss over large events and conversations in the way that someone who was bored or distracted might. Plot twists and would-be complications were generally resolved without furthering the plot but rather filling space. In a work of literature where the author has gone out of her way to construct the wording of urgency while simultaneously providing mundane delay after delay, it felt somewhat disjointed. All in all, I am left feeling as though Gruen was struggling to fill the required number of pages with characters she did not love enough to merit genuine voices.
Ultimately, the animals were clearer and more interesting characters than the people.
While Ape House did prove to be an easy and quick read, I don't feel like I'd recommend it to someone whose reading time was a precious commodity, unless their literary interests leaned heavily toward books relating to animal interests. 

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