Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Being by Kevin Brooks

323 pages

One of my least favorite writing techniques (whether in prose or poetry) is to make the plot so obscure that no one can understand what's happened.  That's not literary!  That's just ridiculous!

I read this book in one evening and the mystery that is presented at the beginning of the book is still a mystery at the end.  The writer hints that the main character knows what he's going to do but doesn't give any clues what that might be.  So the main character drives off into the night.  End of story.

While I don't need everything tied up into a neat bow in order to enjoy a novel, a writer needs to at least provide enough information for the reader to imagine what the ending will be if the writer is going to have an open-ended conclusion.

Kevin Brooks needs to go back to writing school!

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