2016/04/04

BOOK REVIEW:
THE HIGH MOUNTAINS OF PORTUGAL BY YANN MARTEL

Title: The High Mountains of Portugal
Author: Yann Martel
Published: 2016
Language: English
Pages: 332
Rating: 1/5


Summary:
Lisbon, 1904. A young man who has experienced massive loss finds an old journal he believes to lead to a treasure located in the High Mountains of Portugal. Thirty-five years later, a Portugese pathologist crosses the same path, and fifty years after that, a Canadian senator will bring the quest to a conclusion.


Review:
Well. Let me start off by saying that I was really excited to read this book; it sounded just my type of story, a little magical realism, a little weird, it's by a famous author so probably well written... right? Wrong.

After having struggled my way through this, I have no idea what the meaning of it all was. The reason I continued reading it after the first 100 pages, was that I was so sure it would become evident what it was all about, that the strings of the story would come together in the end. But then the end came and it was just nothing.

There are a lot of religious themes, which I usually enjoy, but not in this one. I just don't get it. The more I read, the more lost I got. I feel like this book tried very hard to be literary and original, but got so caught up in it that it just failed. Not only did it fail, it was boring too. So horribly, dreadfully boring.

Perhaps my dislike comes from not understanding the underlying message of this book, if there even is one (I'm baffled as to what that might be). What a sad disappointment and a waste of my time.

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4 comments

  1. Amazing cover though ... Too bad it wasn't worth it :-(

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  2. Oh, was it really so much of a disappointment? I wanted to read that book (because yeah, the cover and it's a famous author) and now I don't feel like reading it at all.

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    1. Well... yes. But maybe it just wasn't for me, you might like it :) It is such a beautiful book, I totally get why it draws you in :)

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