Monday, May 6, 2013

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma

Book summary(via Goodreads):
From as early as he can remember, the hopelessly unreliable—yet hopelessly earnest—narrator of this ambitious debut novel has wanted to become a writer.

From the jazz clubs of Manhattan to the villages of Sri Lanka, Kristopher Jansma’s irresistible narrator will be inspired and haunted by the success of his greatest friend and rival in writing, the eccentric and brilliantly talented Julian McGann, and endlessly enamored with Julian’s enchanting friend, Evelyn, the green-eyed girl who got away. After the trio has a disastrous falling out, desperate to tell the truth in his writing and to figure out who he really is, Jansma’s narrator finds himself caught in a never-ending web of lies.
This insomniac's opinion:
This novel started out so promising. I devoured the first three chapters, giddy with the promise of what I thought had the potential to be a five star novel for me. Then came chapter four...and every chapter after. Sigh. It became a slow spiral into a discombobulated novel in which the narrator lies so often that even the reader is confused as to what is true and false.
On a positive note, the writer's style is fresh and original. I look forward to seeing if his work progresses in the future.
Worth staying up all night to read?
Unfortunately not.
Rating: 3 stars

1 comment:

  1. I'm sad you didn't like this as much as you thought you would. I hate when a book gets so confusing you can barely keep track of anything. I have this on my TBR pile but I think I will be pushing it down on the list and not worry about it if/when I get time to read it.