Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Book Review - The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards
About the Book
As early as he can remember, the narrator of this remarkable novel has wanted to become a writer. From the jazz clubs of Manhattan to the villages of Sri Lanka, Kristopher Jansma’s hopelessly unreliable—yet hopelessly earnest—narrator will be haunted by the success of his greatest friend and literary rival, the brilliant Julian McGann, and endlessly enamored with Evelyn, the green-eyed girl who got away. A profound exploration of the nature of truth and storytelling, this delightful picaresque tale heralds Jansma as a bold, new American voice.
My Take on the Book
This was a great book that was totally unique and not what I expected. In saying this though I have to say that as I got into it, the style and tamber of the prose though was very consistent throughout. The book was definitely an interesting read and kept my brain engaged and firing from beginning to end. This was the type of book that really makes you think about what is happening and here may be times where you find yourself wondering what was happening (it happened to me), but soon after I figured it out and was able to bring it all back together.
You get drawn into the life of the three friends and these intertwining relationships draw the reader continually through the book. The lines between real and imagined run deep in this book but that is some of the fun of the book itself.
All-in-all the book was very well written with amazing characters and a complex storyline. I enjoyed this and highly recommend it to others as well.
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