Monday, June 9, 2014
Dust On the Shoes by Patricia Barbee
Absolutely boring book...
I can find some enjoyment in almost every book, but not this one!
This book was written from the perspective of a 3rd person narrator. A 3rd person narrator is a person who is telling the story, but the person is not in the story. There are several different types of 3rd person narrative and my favorite is 3rd person omniscient. The 3rd person omniscient knows and shares everything, even a character's thoughts and feelings.
However, the narrator in Dust on the Shoes was 3rd person objective, and this type of narrator just tells the story. The reader never knows what the characters are thinking or feeling.
So, with Dust on the Shoes the reader is introduced to the characters, we find out a lot about them, but with no emotions at all. It would be like someone following me around and telling every part of my day: she got in the car, she started to car, she drove to work, she taught her classes etc.
Absolutely nothing happens in this story; there is no climax. Almost all stories have a conflict, and that is why we read them. But, in this story, even the conflicts are written with no feeling; therefore, they were not perceived as conflicts as all.
I got to the last page, and I am sure that the entire book did not download, because the book basically just ended.
So, even if you are bored and have nothing else to read, DON'T read this book.....
Happy Monday; This is my last full week of school!
My next read is The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley.