I finally finished reading this Hemingway novel. It took a very long time. I’ve never been one to appreciate the classics, so it’s not worth criticizing me that. The end was kind of worth the entire read, I guess. If anything, it did teach me a few lessons in writing:
- Do not take 180 (eBook) pages before the first interesting thing happens.
- Do not then spend 70 more pages rambling until the next interesting thing happens.
- Always make characters likable, so that if you do not follow Rule 1, your reader at least has the ambition to continue reading.
- Paragraph breaks are amazing, wonderful things. I don’t know if it was just this eBook, but probably not. (Someone confirm?) I hate this block text fashion of writing. I was first introduced to it with Jose Saramago’s Blindness about 10 years ago and while it was a good read, it is something I never got used to. HATE!
So there you have it. If you have patience, read this book. If not, don’t bother. And that’s my awful style of a review.