2016/07/13

BOOK REVIEW:
THE SHELL COLLECTOR BY ANTHONY DOERR

Title: The Shell Collector
Author: Anthony Doerr
Published: 2001
Language: English
Pages: 224
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
A collection of short stories that takes readers from the African Coast to pine forests in Montana.


Review:
I've previously read All The Light We Cannot See by Doerr and loved it, and so I had fairly high expectations for this collection. And although it does contain some of the elements about his writing I love so much, it's not quite there.

I really enjoyed the first few stories in this, as I thought they contained something special, that something which I so appreciated in his other work. The title story is interesting and has a wonderful atmosphere. The best part about all these stories is the atmosphere, which he constructs so well. The way he describes nature is something special.

However, by the end I was honestly getting a bit bored. The stories felt repetitive and the characters didn't stand out to me. I felt almost all the stories dealt with the same themes, just slightly different, but it's not different enough. I think this would have been a much stronger collection if a few stories had been left out.

It's definitely an interesting collection though and the writing is lovely. I would recommend spacing out the stories though, as I think that helps a bit with the feeling of repetitivity.

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  1. At last, All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Audiobook is now available on AudioBooksNow.

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