I found the plot to be rather haphazard and jumpy without solid ties from one event to another in some places or a connecting thread running through the whole other than Russell himself. This particular book more resembled individual vignettes of events in Russellâ€™s life than a coherent novel in my opinion.
I felt the faith element and scriptural references were contrived and pasted in rather than woven into the story invisibly in some places. This and the lack of â€œcoherenceâ€ bother me as I tend to like the stories I read to have a point and not feel like someone is trying to tangle unrelated threads into a semblance of a rope.
Russell was decently developed but many of the other characters especially the minor ones were simply shadows flitting through the pages. Towards the end Geri becomes a little more fleshed out but I still feel even in her character there was that elusive something missing that makes me want to pursue the story and really know this person.
If you enjoy oddball people and apparently insignificant glances into their lives interspersed with random spurts of a faith element then this would be right up your alley. The writing is clean in terms of mechanics and grammar but the book itself just didn’t work for me personally.
As an intellectual, organized thinker this book was definitely out of my normal realm despite the interest that the cover synopsis piqued when I read it. I was disappointed in the lack of characters that I could identify with and feel drawn to. I really, really wanted to like this book but my orderly, logical brain just couldnâ€™t warp (this is not a typo!) itself into an appreciation for the eclectic randomness of style and events or the erratic plotlines that seemed in my mind to have no unifying goal.
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