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Fresh from the staggering success of The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, Marcus Goldman is struggling to write his third novel. A chance encounter in Florida throws him some inspiration from a surprising source: Alexandra Neville, the beautiful, phenomenally successful singer and Marcus' first love.
All at once memories of his childhood come flooding back. Memories of a family torn apart by tragedy and a once glorious legacy reduced to shame and ruin. The Baltimore Boys. The Goldman Gang. That was what they called Marcus and his cousins, Hillel and Woody. Three brilliant young men with their whole lives ahead of them, before their kingdom crumbled beneath the weight of lies, jealousy and betrayal. For years Marcus has struggled with the burdens of his past, but now he must attempt to banish his demons and tell the real story of the Baltimore Boys.
Translated from the French by Alison Anderson.
Détails sur le produit
|Durée||14 heures et 9 minutes|
|Auteur||Joël Dicker, Alison Anderson - translator|
|Date de publication sur Audible.fr||18 mai 2017|
|Type de programme||Livre audio|
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Unlike the Harry Quebert Affair, there is no intrigue or mystery. There is lots of reference to 'the tragedy' but no hints as to what it could be. The book does jump about from present to past, but the actual central tragedy unfolds in a very linear fashion at the very end of the book.
The rest of the book is a massively drawn out story of the most unrealistic childhood ever. Nobody is normal, everybody is incredible or terrible. I assume the writer was going for an unreliable narrator, but only because that is the only explanation for how ridiculous the story is. Of the four children, we have an NFL standard footballer, a future best selling writer, a future international pop sensation, and a student 'more advanced than every teacher in the school'. We have 8 year olds bribing teachers to get free private school places. 10 year olds beating up 16 year olds, three teenagers beating up 6 men. A whole school dedicated to systematic abuse and humiliation scared into completely changing their ways by one child. You get the idea. Similarly, people don't just have faults, they go from hero to criminal.
Despite the book spreading over more than a decade, there isn't really any character development. All of the characters are very 2 dimensional. The actual tragedy could have been quite a tragic story handled well, but I simply didn't care enough about the characters. None of the characters are nice people, every choice they made was ridiculous and seemed to have little motivation. It didn't help that the dialogue was awful, and the sentences were short, clipped and had no particular flair or style.
I only finished the book because I enjoyed Harry Quebert so much, I was convinced it would get better and be worth it in the end. It wasn't.
The author held my attention by hinting aboutg what would eventually come