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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Snail's Castle ~ A Review

You all know that I love to read. I always have at least one book on the go, desperate to fill my mind with words, so I was thrilled when the opportunity to review books came up. Legit Lit Book Tours allows me to do just that. I get sent a book, read it, and review it. Along with my monthly roundups of what I've been reading, you can expect a review like this every now and then.


This book is called The Snail's Castle, written by Mark Gordon, a Canadian. Here's the synopsis I was given:

Jake Milson wants one thing and one thing only--to win the coveted and prestigious Hollingshead Scholarship to do postgraduate work at Oxford. He intends to travel to England with his girlfriend, Rebecca. But a problem arises. Professor Gregory Percival keeps getting in his way. During Jake's struggle with Percival, the lives of Jake, Rebecca, Percival and Percival's wife, Margaret, intertwine. The novel, with its unexpected twists, draws you into the inner lives of its many captivating characters. It is a story of ambition, love, lust and revenge set against the backdrop of romantic Montreal in the early 1960's.

Sounds good, right?

What I thought:

I'm going to be completely honest and say that I didn't really enjoy this book. I had the hardest time getting into it and found the first few chapters dragged on and on. The author seemed determined to remind you often that the story takes place in Montreal. Street names, neighbourhoods, and physical landmarks were referred to over and over.

The repetition also got to me. I can't tell you how many times I went back thinking I had reread the same lines twice only to find that it was written that way.

I did like how the characters were built and how their lives came together, intertwining in weird ways. By about three quarters of the way through the book, I had figured some things out, but I wanted to know how everything went down. I was surprised by some events, which I appreciate, but others I found pretty dull.

Some of the observations the main character made about having a complete poem written in his head only to lose it before being able to capture it were so spot on. I often find myself composing blog posts mostly in the shower and can never get them typed up the same as they sounded in my head. His ambition however was so off-putting and something I couldn't relate to in the least.

Would I recommend The Snail's Castle? I'm not sure. I've read some great reviews and the book has a 4 star rating on Goodreads. Maybe I'm missing something. Take a peek at the books I've read so far this year and you'll see that The Snail's Castle doesn't really fit in, but would you like it? What do you think?

Follow the tour!

Legit Lit Book Tours is an interesting way to get a really good idea of what a book is about before digging in. Follow along as bloggers from every walk of life read and review the same book, giving you a clear picture of not only the book but whether you'll like it. You can follow the tour:

September 21 - Feed the Monkey

September 22 - Working Mommy Journal

September 23 - The Life of K ~YOU ARE HERE~

September 24 - Kristian Wilson, Writing

September 25 - A Read-aholic

September 28 - The Overflowing Shelf

September 29 - Seraphina's world

September 30 - Cat in the Flock and Genuine Jenn

October 1 - Cupcakes and Vodka Book Blog

October 2 - All Things Character It Is



Disclaimer: I was sent this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are mine.

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