When I first started reading The Emancipation of B I was counting down the pages, waiting for a more engaging plot to arise. Around page 50 I stopped. It was hard to figure out where the story was headed because it’s presented differently than my usual read – ones that guide you along events that are full of action or mystery. But it was a great break from that, almost a meditative read. It focuses on B, a character I found myself, as an introvert, relating strongly to, as he figures out what sort of life he wants to lead and how to get there in a world not made for him. As his world becomes filled with mindfulness you become mindful of each word you’re reading. It’s a great read between action packed page turners if you’re looking for something that is a little different and a little spiritual. It deals with death, family, and becoming an adult. It also tackles racism gracefully, something I found very refreshing considering my recent reads.
Doctor Tristan Ainsworth has returned with his family to the idyllic Cornish village close to where he grew up. The past has taught him some hard lessons, but he’ll do anything to make his wife happy—so what’s making her so withdrawn?
Karen Ainsworth daren’t reveal her true feelings, but knows her husband has put up with her moods for too long. A chance to use her extraordinary singing voice may set her free, so why shouldn’t she take it? Surely her past can’t hurt her now?
As a tide of blackmail and betrayal is unleashed to threaten the foundations of their marriage, Karen and Tristan face a difficult question. Is their love strong enough to face the truth when the truth might cost them everything?
This is the first book I’ve reviewed this year that is giving me this sort of the trouble. The kind of trouble I wish every book I read gave me. It’s hard to find a fault with it.
I did not finish this one. And it’s the first I’m rating at one star. I read four chapters and decided I couldn’t do it.
My first issue was the first chapter Ms. Jackson didn’t want to use pronouns so I read a lot of Tiffany this and Tiffany that in one paragraph. This let off in the rest of the chapters and could have been forgivable if I had no other glaring issues.
My second issue was the constant repetition. Every third or fourth paragraph repeated something about Tiffany’s worry about the horses, what could this stranger she’s strangely attracted to be up to, and X and Y just happened like I didn’t read it on the last page. It would have been more fitting for me to start this one yesterday because it was very deja vu and hard to read. If the rest of the book continues in this fashion it could easily be reduced to a 100 page story and be a lot easier to read.
“The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” he said at last.
“Oh, just something I threw into the river this evening. I don’t think I’ll be wanting it any more,” said Arthur Dent.
I couldn’t have said it any better – keep in mind I’m reading the omnibus and it is titled The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: a trilogy in five parts.
This feeling of rage isn’t because the story was bad. It was phenomenal. Where the first book floundered around in silly jokes and interesting gadgets, Restaurant was plot driven with silly jokes and gadgets. It was really engaging and fun. I love Douglas Adams’ style.
Until chapter 16. And two tiny paragraphs about a background character who literally does not influence the plot at all.
The background character that exists all for joke, like many background characters seem to. But this was a racist joke.
Douglas Adams just decided call a background character an ethnic slur a couple of times and briefly mention they’re an annoyance who needs to be paid to go away. Literally just throwing out a stereotype for a laugh.
I’m talking about the g-word. I’m talking about describing them as wild-skinned but not describing them further as having trees growing out their back or something along those lines like I expected.
Arthur Dent’s personality and Douglas Adams’ way of writing really made it work for me. And it’s one of the few books I’ve had a hard time predicting what will happen next.
I’ve already started on the next book of the “trilogy.” While I don’t think I’ll be looking to re-read them every year or two, I do look forward to reading them to my future kids.
“After all with a degree in Maths and another in astrophysics what else was there to do?”
– Tricia McMillan
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