Thursday, April 1, 2010

Book Review- The Elegant Gathering of White Snows

I really liked the premise of this book.  The idea of just picking up and leaving with your closest girlfriends and going out to "find yourself, heal yourself".  It started out kind of weak and I had a really hard time figuring out who was who and what was going on since there are eight main characters and no disernable narrator. 
The book is broken up three ways, each chapter has the background story of one of the eight friends and their reasons for walking.  The next after that persons story is told is an article from a newspaper about the the women walkers and the effect it is having on the communities.  The last part before starting a new character is a section called the walker effect and it goes into detail of how the women have inspired someone somewhere to make a change in their life.  Great idea....but
I could have seriously done without the newspaper article sections they were only about one page long and lacked any real depth or detail for me to really care about what was written.  Sadly I agree with one review that said they couldn't really relate to any of the characters or care about them since there wasn't enough substance to go on.  I found myself being more drawn into the small five pages dedicated to the inspired woman sections and wanting to know how it turned out for them than really being drawn into the main story.  The last thing that just made this an "ok" book as opposed to a "good" book was the overwhelming in your face reoccuring instances of Sisterhood, sisterhood, sisterhood, the sickenly sweet mother daughter bonds ALL of the characters had with their daughters, and the rampant use of lesbianism.  Great I'm all for love your friends, love your kids, love whoever you want (man, woman, green person, purple person who cares!)  I just got very tired of it showing up each and every chapter. 

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