I picked up this book because it is set in Acadiana Cajun country aka Where I currently live I was hoping to read it and feel some mystery or romance about the place, to keep my mind settled for the next year and to stop it from wishing I could move to all those mysterious places I read about That did not happen.I read this book in two days rather, about 18 hours Initially I felt like the story was so awful and boring that something interesting must happen soon So I kept on reading at a furious pace to get to the interesting, not awful part as soon as possible After the first half of the book, I gave up hope, and gave up on torturing myself to finish it I had put it down, vowing not to waste my time, but then I got curious to see if there was any mention of places I knew The characters actually moved to my city about 3 4 of the way through and I forced myself to finish it just to see if I could recognize any of the streets, or stores, or stories about Lafayette At the end I felt angry that I had spent time reading this book when I could have been reading something interesting, like The Time Traveler s Wife Review to come, it s great so far Here s what I hated about the book From the first page I was irritated by the narrative It s first person present tense, and something is completely off about it The story is told from the dual perspectives of the Nita and Louis, a couple of young people in small town Acadiana The story is basically about the pain, misunderstanding, and frustrating entrapment of marriage It details the daily events of their lives from the time they meet until many way too many years later when the only semi , almost interesting thing in the book happens on the last two pages The couple never talks to each other past the necessary things needed when one lives with another person They, and everyone else, remain completely oblivious about the emotions of other characters Their lives are miserable, boring, and frustrating, but not in a good way The dynamics between the characters do not change at all from the very first interactions to the end of the novel Nothing of interest happens, there are no great emotions besides frustration and boredom, the stereotypes about place and people are annoying, the writing is nothing special, etc etc etc If you must read this book, just read the first chapter You will understand the full extent of the development of the relationship between Nita and Louis, and save yourself hours and frustration There aren t even any good descriptions of Acadiana I really hated this book. This is an excellent book It took me a few chapters to get used to Pousson s style of writing, but then I was hooked Very sad, very real If you are looking for a happy, uplifting story to get away from reality, this is not the book for you If you are looking for a moving drama that will inspire emotions in you, including anger and sadness, this is an excellent book Can t wait to read from this author Compared To Dorothy Allison And Frank McCourt, Debut Novelist Martin Pousson Has Written A Masterly Portrait Of The American Dream Gone Wrong, Set In Louisiana S Cajun Country When Marriage To A Man With A High School Diploma Fails To Make A Waitress S Dreams Come True, Her Children Become The Focus Of Her Fiercest Hopes And Most Damaging Desires Well written,disturbing,beautiful in a terrible way Mr Pousson delves into his characters hearts If the story wasn t a tragedy, it could be described as a comedy of errors I wanted to grab the main characters and shake them and tell them to pay attention to someone other than themselves for just a moment.While it got pretty raw in parts, I did admire the way that Mr Pousson showed the seamy world the characters lived in, without getting raunchy His insight into the racism and social s of all the characters, up and down the social strata, was thoughtful, though heartbreaking. Wow this book was intense And horribly depressing But so, so good in so many other ways the telling of the story, the perfect capturing of place, the character development.I would ve rated it a 4 but it s hard to say you really liked something so soul shattering, I think. I may be slightly partial to this piece, seeing as I ve had the pleasure of meeting Martin Pousson on several occasions during his time at Loyola, but I fell in love with it Especially as someone who grew up in the North, I found the family dynamics really interesting The prose was also just beautiful. great book until the vague ending it bothers me to get totally invested into the characters in a novel only to have the author leave them hanging with no conclusion grr. This is a book about fathers hers, Louis and Louis as a father. Can I like and desperately hate this book at the same time I found this book to be unnerving, yet oddly moving Pousson evokes almost every emotion imaginable with this I was angry, sad, depressed,and shocked throughout This is not a happy, peppy Southern novel, so if you re looking for light read I d find another book I enjoyed Pousson s writing style but it did take me a bit to get into it. Wow What a surprisingly excellent book Although I just didn t really care about any of the characters, they were so much a car wreck that I just couldn t stop spying into their lives I really enjoyed this one A nice slice of life book about a not so nice slice of life Not quite as bad as a life as Precious, but pretty darn bad.
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- 272 pages
- No Place, Louisiana
- Martin Pousson
- 14 June 2019 Martin Pousson