2018/03/27

BOOK REVIEW:
THE IDIOT BY ELIF BATUMAN

Title: The Idiot
Author: Elif Batuman
Published: 2017
Language: English
Pages: 640
Rating: 2/5


Summary:
Selin is the daughter of Turkish immigrants and a freshman at Harvard, and in this story, we follow her as she explores language, her new life and herself.


Review:
I find it kind of hard to write a whole lot about this book, because I feel like 70% of it literally just went over my head.

The story of this book is fairly interesting at its surface, but I'm not sure how well I felt it was conveyed. There's something about the writing style that I kept falling out of rhythm with; one minute I feel like I'm there and I'm following along and the next we are up in the clouds and I don't know what happened.

I'm not sure if this book is just not great or if it's simply too high brow for me. There are parts I did like, like the friendship between the main character and her best friend, but there were also parts that made me feel stupid because I really just didn't get it and parts that were tedious and down right boring. It's a long book and it feels even longer when you feel like the title; an idiot.

There's something here I'm not getting, much like the main character keeps not getting things. I guess we have that in common, if nothing else.
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