Thursday, August 5, 2010

book review: the people of paper

It's finally time for another book review for the Slow Readers! We're just now finishing up our 3rd book: The People of Paper by Salvador Plascensia. I've been reading along the whole time, but I was too lazy [/didn't feel very compelled] to post a review for the last book. This one was worth writing about.

The book is written from many different points of view: sometimes a character will get an entire chapter, while other chapters are divided into 3 columns on each page, all focusing on different characters in the book. Once you get into that flow it's not too hard to follow, even though new characters are introduced throughout the book. There were some very exciting characters, like...

The literary structure isn't the only interesting thing -- there are also a lot of neat formatting surprises tucked away in the book. I was always happy to discover them.

I won't go into the plot, because it might give away too much for anyone who hasn't read the book and is planning on it. It's definitely something that makes you think quite a bit. Some readers on the forum were talking about taking notes and trying to read it again to gain more insight. I think it would definitely be worth a second read, once you understand everything that's going on in the book.

One of the biggest themes I noticed in the book was sadness, and how each character seemed to have their own cure. But the cures all seemed self-destructive, as if there's just no escaping the sadness. Overall, it could easily be said that the book is about mourning.

But it's very surreal, and that's what kept my interest. I don't think I could read a book about lost love if it didn't include binary code by a mechanical tortoise.

There were some sweet parts, and there were a lot of not-so-sweet parts [even some very ugly parts], but all in all it was enjoyable and thought-provoking. I can say no more since Robert is reading the book now, and he already informed me that I spoiled it by telling him some other things. Oops!!

Can't wait to see what's next for the Slow Readers!


  1. sounds like an interesting book, although I admit I haven't really sat down and read a book in a looong time. So nice to see you drop by my blog, was just visiting your blog the other day to see what's new...enjoy your summer!

  2. "I don't think I could read a book about lost love if it didn't include binary code by a mechanical tortoise."

    ^ Definitely! You've kind of summed up all of my thoughts on this book in one sentence =)

  3. Hahaha I was about to quote you but the commenter above me already did. great review and you are right about the first one, i wasn't tooo crazy about it, but this one was good. i think i needed a different book for sure!


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