Forgive Me: A Novel Hardcover – Import, 19 June 2007
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- Publisher : Random House (19 June 2007)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0345494466
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345494467
- Item Weight : 363 g
- Dimensions : 14.66 x 2.39 x 21.59 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
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I finished last night -- and I truly am disappointed with the book. I feel as if Ward manipulated her readers -- I suppose she intended it as a clever writer's device (I won't give it away). But I came away completely confused. Yes, I did as her "Reading Club Guide" suggested, and went back and read through the boy's journal to find "clues". But,
frankly, that really irritated me. Why should I have to re-read a book, just to understand the ending?! It became a cerebral, not visceral, exercise -- and I feel as if I just wasted the better part of a precious day of my life.
I was fully aware of apartheid -- had studied South African history in college, in a course on British Imperialism, and had followed the events in the subsequent years: Winnie Mandela and the "necklaces", and Bishop Tutu's Reconciliation trials. Some readers said that the book was useful in instructing them about S. African history. I didn't even learn that from the book.
In a word: "Disappointing".
Sad to say,I will not be looking forward to Ms. Ward's next book with great anticipation.