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JANUARY 5, 2011
The Singer's Gun ~ Emily St. John Mandel
comments by CarolK
I needed to sleep on this one before commenting. When I read the very first review of The Singer’s Gun, I knew it was a book I wanted to read. Words like half truths, exploration of moral compass, suspenseful, were enough to add this to my TBR pile. Then The Singer’s Gun started showing up on some Best of 2010 lists and I knew I had to move it up on my list.
The Singer’s Gun was not quite what I was expecting. It is not a crime novel in the usual sense. Rather than sum up the plot let me tell you what for me was the strongest element of "like". The exploration of what makes someone good is the fundamental thought that I will keep from this read. I'd love to discuss what constitutes someone as being a good person, making this a good selection for book discussion.
The hype of book reviews, awards, etc. often makes it hard for a book to live up to my expectations. I liked this; maybe not as much as some but enough to seek out Mandel’s first book, The Last Night in Montreal.