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An unexplained suicide has a destructive effect on an ever-widening circle of people. Where will it end?


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An unexplained suicide has a destructive effect on an ever-widening circle of people. Where will it end?

37 review for The Expatriate

  1. 4 out of 5

    Waven

    I enjoyed this novel - its voice, its style, its characters - but it was an odd journey. Brownson draws people well, though some of the characters are delved into more deeply than others, and it is very much a character-driven work. At times, it feels like pieces in search of a puzzle, a dissection of six-degrees of separation. I was reminded of Sherwood Andersen's Winesburg, Ohio as well as Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author, with a dash of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Chil I enjoyed this novel - its voice, its style, its characters - but it was an odd journey. Brownson draws people well, though some of the characters are delved into more deeply than others, and it is very much a character-driven work. At times, it feels like pieces in search of a puzzle, a dissection of six-degrees of separation. I was reminded of Sherwood Andersen's Winesburg, Ohio as well as Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author, with a dash of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children for good measure. The result is a book that is interesting but not necessarily an easy read. There are several characters, explored individually, so that a reader can lose track of which is which. And without a clear idea of what to expect going in, it can be a confusing arrangement. But I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the above works or those similar to them. Overall, 3.5 stars which I rounded to 4. First Reads Notes: I received this in a giveaway, so nothing here may apply to market copies. That said, this book could use a good editor. There were many misspellings and grammatical errors, and a few passages of questionable intent. However, I found the flaws navigable and would not consider them a "dealbreaker" even if unimproved.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Paul

    * I received this book as part of a GoodReads giveaway.* Between the convoluted sentences, editing errors and constant inclusion of people/topics that I honestly know nothing about, I could not bring myself to finish reading this book. That makes me sad, as I had been looking forward to reading this novel based on the short synopsis I had read. Having to read a 75-word sentence more than once isn't really my idea of fun while trying to follow a storyline in a novel. (Heck, I complained about Tols * I received this book as part of a GoodReads giveaway.* Between the convoluted sentences, editing errors and constant inclusion of people/topics that I honestly know nothing about, I could not bring myself to finish reading this book. That makes me sad, as I had been looking forward to reading this novel based on the short synopsis I had read. Having to read a 75-word sentence more than once isn't really my idea of fun while trying to follow a storyline in a novel. (Heck, I complained about Tolstoy's loquaciousness, but I'd much prefer that over this.) Just an example of Brownson's writing style: Sometimes it seemed as if all of it were his invention, as if someone else's dharma were his, projected or translated by him, a kind of ventriloquism using puppets, Commedia people with masks front and back, Reiva on side and Antigone on the other, except of course for the suchness of one's experience which remains despite its exploitation by the world's explainers, its expropriation as the material for tales, its citation as evidence. *Reiva is a character in the book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Molina

    I received this book as a giveaway, and was truly looking forward to reading it. Immediately, there were errors in the writing that should have been edited, which took my focus away from the story itself. I decided I would make note of the errors and continue reading. Unfortunately, I found some of the sentences to be so convoluted that I'd find myself rereading them several times. In one early section of the book, the point of view jumps from Jake, to Saleem, and back to Jake again. I felt that I received this book as a giveaway, and was truly looking forward to reading it. Immediately, there were errors in the writing that should have been edited, which took my focus away from the story itself. I decided I would make note of the errors and continue reading. Unfortunately, I found some of the sentences to be so convoluted that I'd find myself rereading them several times. In one early section of the book, the point of view jumps from Jake, to Saleem, and back to Jake again. I felt that it was rather confusing, especially to read at night before bed. I apologize to the author for not finishing and writing a comprehensive review; I think the subject was very interesting, but the flow of the writing prevented me from being able to focus on the storyline.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Luwanda Dunfee

    This has a solid plot. I really enjoyed the blending of the characters through the suicide of Jake. The references of past literature is an extra bonus for me. The only that took awhile was the sentence structures. I felt that they were a little convoluted at times. It was well worth the read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Santhosh San

    Good

  6. 4 out of 5

    Johnson Tran

  7. 5 out of 5

    Henry Martin

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rosary

  9. 4 out of 5

    Charles

  10. 4 out of 5

    Charles

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy J

  12. 5 out of 5

    Denise

  13. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Rue

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Gates

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tina

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mike Casey

  17. 4 out of 5

    Renee Booker

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Jones

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sue

  20. 4 out of 5

    Russell Moore

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Julke

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kim

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kim Coomey

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    Coriander Warren

  25. 4 out of 5

    Claire

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carol

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    Barry

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    Jocelyn Condenzio-Hall

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    Karen Supinger

  30. 4 out of 5

    nive

  31. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Zitsch

  32. 4 out of 5

    Darcee Kraus

  33. 4 out of 5

    Irene Menge

  34. 4 out of 5

    Robert Lloyd

  35. 4 out of 5

    Raymond Stone

  36. 4 out of 5

    Charlene

  37. 4 out of 5

    Joy

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