Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

I could not get more than 20 pages into The Queen of the Night.  It's written in a style I'd call very literary.  That means (to me) that it's trying too hard to sound sophisticated and, in the process, bores me to tears.  I found the writing to be really disjointed and overly flowery.  I can't stand the fact that Chee doesn't use quotations.  Of course, all opinions are my own and you, perhaps, have a more sophisticated pallet.  In which case, I say go for it.  If you're the sort who loves it when the writing is described as "gorgeous" or "lyrical" then you may well like it.  As for me, I should know to stay far away when I see that.

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