Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Betrayers by David Bezmogis

I wanted to be very blown away by David Bezmogis’ The Betrayers.  The novel has many elements I find appealing, the setup, mood, characters, all had the potential to coalesce into a great novel.  Alas, this is just a good novel.  

Part of the problem is compression: it is a relatively short novel, and the author’s themes are very large -- so he has no real chance of treating them adequately.  He does an in-depth job when he does, but the overall picture adds up to a thin novel.

There should have been more character development, plot set-up, and time span; this should have been a big novel capable of handling its themes.  As it is, it reads like a sketch of a much longer work yet to be written.

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