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Angel of Forgetfulness 03/12/11
The Angel of Forgetfulness by Steve Stern was one of those long-term wishlist books. It was on there long enough for me to forget the reason behind it's inclusion.
The plot synopsis certainly sounded promising: a struggling writer inherits the tattered, unfinished manuscript from his aunt. Saul must delve deep into his aunt's history in order to finish the book. Along the way he uncovers a romance between his aunt and a fallen angel.
Unfortunately the plot is tied up in an unnecessarily complicated narration. First there are numerous flashbacks, stacked up like matroyska dolls. Each flashback has its own point of view told with a rambling prose. Missing though are the well-needed segues and hooks to help the reader navigate through the scenes.
Comment #1: Friday, September, 23, 2011 at 20:47:04
I couldn't agree more with you! I read this book years ago and though there were so many beautiful parts, there were too many flashbacks that just tied down the story. I didn't finish reading it but I have kept my copy over the years. After being reminded of this book by your review, maybe it's time I gave my copy away. Great review.
Comment #2: Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 16:40:04
If after all these years you haven't felt the need or desire to go back and finish it, then it's time to cull the book from your collection. Should your mind change in the future, you can always replace the book.