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.