Kel McGowan is Kelligrafie
So this last week I was reading Faith In The Face Of Death by Ken A. Gauthier and looking at the cover I did think it was going to be some European war story like The Seige (D section of my challenge). I was about as far away from the truth as it's possible to be. So y'know - don't judge a book by its cover, boom boom etc.
The story is a gentle read but I found it likewise, quite dull. A family of winemakers try to escape an impending plague. Like some quiet Italian equivalent of I Am Legend. But nothing really happens. They face various struggles but I found that it all failed to generate any form of excitement or fear from myself. The family themselves are dull.
Don't get me wrong, there isn't anything wrong with a married couple who adore each other, with impeccably behaved, hard working children. In fact, I think it's something that the real world seems to be lacking more and more. And nothing commands respect more than a man who always does right by his wife and kids. But as book characters? You can't create a perfect family and then expect them to be very interesting. I don't think it works too well. They need a variety of faults.
These faults not only endear them to the reader but make them easier to relate to. And probably throw up more challenges and adventures than a life lived ever so piously. The ending is quite disjointed too. The fact that there's a 5 year gap between the last two chapters doesn't help this. You're led to believe that they're working towards something but it's almost like they just go, "Oh, we'll settle here... the end."
I'll give this one 2.5/5. It's not a bad book but it doesn't hold any interest.
This week I'm reading Tinkers by Paul Harding
File under: Kelligrafie, 1347, Faith In The Face Of Death, Ken A. Gauthier, book, review