I began keeping a reading journal several years before I began blogging. I find it interesting to sift through my thoughts of books that I read back then. My reviews were often brief and contained little substance, but I thought it'd be fun to document them here on my blog as well as share them with you. Here is one from October of 2005:
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Fiction; 483 pgs
This is a difficult book to briefly summarize. It is about a small town in Maine called Empire Falls. The focus of the book is Miles Roby, the manager of the Empire Grill, a popular restaurant in the area, and his friends, family and acquaintances, as they struggle with life, the direction their lives have taken and with the relationships with those around them. Empire Falls is a town that once was prosperous but now is poor and people get by as best they can.
This is one of those novels that moves slowly forward but is never boring. It is extremely well written. When I closed the book in the wee hours of the morning, I felt as if the story had come full circle. The last section of the book really packed a punch that wasn't found in the rest of the book, I have to say! Wow!
In a way, I think the writing style reflected the type of town Empire Falls was and had become. The characters are very well drawn out, including their relationships with each other. This is one of those books that, had it been among those in my TBR room, probably would have stayed on the shelf for a long while if only because finding the right mood to read it may have taken a while. Because it was a Book Crossing bookring book, and I have to pass it along to the next person on the list, I read it sooner and am so glad I did. It's one of those reading experiences where I was left feeling very satisfied.
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