Forty Rooms

Forty Rooms

Book - 2016
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Follows the life of a woman born in Moscow who leaves for the United States, where she finds happiness and love but must also deal with the ghosts of her youth.
Publisher: New York, New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, An imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781101982334
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 342 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: 40 rooms


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Sep 15, 2019

An excellent read! Loved the book and couldn't put it down. Beautifully written in an interesting format that was very well executed. It reminded me of Mark Helprin's writing to some extent - mature, philosophical, always pondering life's questions, transporting the reader into a dreamlike state, yet posing very existential questions - for the main protagonist and for the reader. Will recommend it to all my reader friends.

Mar 22, 2017

This book was extremely interesting to me. I have never read anything like it. Forty chapters taking place in forty different places. We only know the main character by her married name. She often sees things/people that aren't there, but not in a ghostly sense. More so, this novel was very much a woman living in a fantasy throughout her life and not realizing it for herself until its too late. The chapter containing her big revelation is so beautifully written and by far my favorite part. There were so many intriguing aspects about this book that made it stand out to me. One of my new favorite books. The way it was written reminded me of one of the first novels I fell in love with, A Picture of Dorian Gray, due to all the lengthly imagery.

Mar 03, 2016

After reading the summary I was very interested in this book. However, after finishing, I was left with the feeling of just "meh".
I think the biggest disappointment to me was the writing style. This book alternates between typical story telling and lyrical verse/poetry. There was also a lot of talk about poetry, which just doesn't appeal to me. I think there are readers who will absolutely love the writing style though, so I don't mean to bash the style, it just simply wasn't for me.
Another element that left me confused was the alternating between 1st and 3rd person. It just made it confusing. It made reading disjointed.
While this book did make me ponder about all the "rooms" of my life, it never really pulled me in. There were times I simply skimmed chapters, not fully understanding if the author was trying to show off her poetry writing skills, or if what I was reading was actually relevant to the story.
All in all, this book had an interesting premise and started out strong but fizzled quickly. Not at all what I was expecting and not my "cup of tea".
I give this 3 stars. If poetry is something you are interested in I suggest buying and reading Forty Rooms and sharing with me how you feel about this book.
Thanks to Netgalley and PENGUIN GROUP Putnum for allowing me the eARC to rad and review.

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