Friday, July 24, 2015

Lily’s King’s Euphoria

Lily’s King’s Euphoria holds so much promise, and the fact that the novel fails to maintain it, makes reading it so much more of a disappointment.  

King starts with an excellent premise, an exotic location, and an intrinsically interesting psycho-sexual dynamic.  All the pieces are there to assemble a first rate, or even a masterful novel.  

But after a strong start, King simply runs out of steam.  The three main characters are clearly drawn, their motivations, passions, and intellectual inclinations are clear, but as the novel progresses, King appears to be at a loss as to what to do with this set up.

Sot there are abrupt endings, inexplicable disappearances, and in general, the sense that the novel has been left dangling there, unclaimed, a low hanging fruit never picked.

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