The Storm at the Door

The Storm at the Door

A Novel

Book - 2011
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When he is committed by his exasperated wife to a psychiatric facility in the 1960s, eccentric alcoholic Frederick descends into the institution's nightmarish rehabilitation processes and despairs of his release, while his remorseful wife struggles to save their family.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2011.
ISBN: 9781400069453
Characteristics: 342 p. ;,22 cm.


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Aug 07, 2013

Honestly, I had to struggle to get through this one. The author uses rather florid prose and draws out observations on everything. The voice, as he changed perspectives through a variety of characters, didn't change at all. The result was that every character seemed cold, detached from their environment completely, pre-planned in every detail, and haughty. I did not like anyone in this book, nor did I want to.

While I respect what the author was attempting (telling the true story of his grandparents, with enough fiction to balance the small amount of information he had of them), it read like the worst of arrogant Great Literature, caught up more in its own grand language and schemes than in character development, action, or drama.

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