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Provinces of Night

Provinces of Night - William Gay I really didn't enjoy this book and for two reasons. The first is that the author used 100 words when 10 would do. He tried too hard to make it sound poetic and in the end used a lot of words to say nothing. Oh, and Seriously, are you too good for quotation marks? It was difficult to distinguish which character was speaking, or if it was in fact someone speaking because of this little stylistic decision. It made the book painful to read.

The second is that in all of this saying nothing there wasn't even a story. I didn't care about the characters, and nothing happened for the first 200 or so pages of the book. Then, just when you think something is about to happen, nope, sorry, we tricked you. It simply felt like I was listening to an older relative tell me the story of their rather boring youth with a lot of side stories that never connect. Rambling, the word for this book is rambling, The entire book attempted to be wrapped up in the last chapter or so and one of the climactic parts of the ending had to do with a character that had barely been in the book at all.

The only reason I gave this two stars instead of one is that I was able to finish it, if only because I was waiting for something to happen.