The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel

The Singer’s Gun: A Novel by Emily St. John Mandel (Unbridled Books, May 4, 2010), 304 pages

Summary
This book is hard to give a good overview of without giving too much away. And I’m glad I went into this without knowing too much.

Thoughts
I really didn’t know what to expect going into this book, and I’m glad. I *had* heard much anticipation and acclaim for the story before I picked it up. My enjoyment of this story was probably hindered by my limited reading time, which came in fits and starts, but it didn’t ruin the book for me.

Atmospheric. (Whenever I use that word I’m reminded of The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón — high praise, high praise indeed.) Although I wouldn’t place this book completely in that realm, there are certain similarities. This may be my favorite aspect of the book. The prose and imagery were grand.

Some sex, some violence, some profanity. And while the characters’ moral compasses were swinging wildly, these factors didn’t overpower the story. I didn’t love or even fully relate to any of the characters, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book.

Part literary — the bonds of family! Part thriller — international crime! false identities! (Perhaps my favorite combination!) I liked this book, it was mostly an enjoyable read, with sparks of more, but I didn’t fall in love with this book.

I look forward to reading more of Mandel’s work in the future, but it won’t be on the top of my must-have list. I kind of wish I’d started with Last Night in Montreal instead.

About the author
Emily St. John Mandel (@EmilyMandel) is also the author of Last Night In Montreal. She lives in Brooklyn.

Other reviews
She Is Too Fond of Books
I’m Booking It
Lit and Life
S. Krishna’s Books
The Book Lady’s Blog
Musings of a Bookish Kitty

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I received this book from the publisher, as part of the one-year subscription I won.

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5 responses to “The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel

  1. i’m in the middle of this one now and like you, i’m enjoying it, but not loving it. still waiting for something more…

  2. I’m still on the fence about whether or not to read this one, but thanks for a great review. I’ll be checking out some more reviews to try to make up my mind. 🙂

  3. I wonder if this was a case of the wrong book at the wrong time for you.

  4. I have heard about this book and haven’t really read too much about it. I like how you mention that while there is sex, violence, and profanity, it does not over power the story. I think that is very important in my reading and when these three topics are over used or over power the story line – I just lose interest fast.

    Another one to watch for!

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