Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
(Book Review)


Good book. Enjoyed it. Had to read the last three chapters twice, though, as I don't think some dynamics were explained entirely well. And for about 75 pages in the middle, I felt it was going on for a bit too long. I also could've done without the epilogue.

Otherwise, a joy to read and — yes — I'm sorry it's over. I don't care about the naysayers — J.K. Rowling is quite the storyteller, brilliant even.

Yes, that's right. I said it. She's brilliant at what she does.

No Nabokov or Henry James or James Joyce or William Faulkner. But a brilliant storyteller nevertheless.

And, yes, Deathly Hallows does offer the tidy ending I was hoping for for the series. Which is funny, in a way, because when I read those other authors I despise tidy endings.

Even if you've always sworn off this series, try Book One. Suspect you'll have a hard time stopping from there.


Anonymous said...

Spoiler Free for Your Protection. :)

I don't think she is a brilliant author but she is a brilliant story teller. I, personally, would rather read a good book than imbibe in literature.

Yeah, I liked the tidy ending but I almost felt like she was running out of time so she hurried some of it. She could have used part of those 75 pages in the middle at the end.

Stacy said...

I have never read her work but I do not condemn you for doing so. After all, millions of readers around the world must mean something, right?

Pamela said...

I finished the book last night.
I didn't want anyone to die -

XOXO said...

I agree that the epilogue could've been left out. I also agree with BPP. It did seem like the last part was rushed a bit. I should, but don't know if I will, read the last three chapters again. It took me long enough to read them in the first place.

ds said...

ya - I swear I tried to read the first one. I'm just enough of a bastard that I can't do it. maybe 10 or 12 years ago I would have liked it. but all that 'rudy' stuff got into my head. about the only escape reading I do is anthropology or the occasional history of the outer banks or some other b.s. glad you enjoy it though. I've heard nothing but good. take care.