Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
(Book Review)

SPOILER FREE

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.

5 comments:

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.
~BPP

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 -
sigh.

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.

ds