Friday, July 4, 2008

Asylum


A novel by Andre Alexis.
Quickie Recap: Living, surviving and thriving in the political landscape of Ottawa in the 80s - watch as the characters variously cuckold a husband, design the "perfect" prison, inherit millions, and then watch it all go to hell.
Quickie Review: The awful truth is, I wanted to like this more than I did, in the end. And in the beginning and the middle, too. It fell a little flat. Frankly, the only thing that really kept me going was the setting - it was great to be walked along the streets of Ottawa, a truly great city, and on in which I've lived myself. I felt like a ghost, haunting the same spots where I myself have eaten sandwiches or rested my achy feet after a day on the Hill. But though the official blurb promises "unforgettable characters", I find this to not quite be true. A lot of the book is forgettable. I just wasn't captivated. There was no magic, no spark that connects the reader to the story, and when I read the last sentence and put the book down, I felt a tad disappointed, and a tad relieved to be done. Alexis' previous effort was much better, and I hope to see that calibre from him again soon. Unfortunately, I feel like he missed the mark with this one.
Quickie Recommendation: Not so much.

2 comments:

Mistress Kiara said...

Sounds interesting. ;) I should think I might find it more interesting to read about cuckolding women, though.

Steven W. Beattie said...

That's too bad. I loved Childhood, and I'll probably give this one a go, but I'm saddened to hear that you didn't like it.