Posted by: bluelion | August 9, 2016

Let’s read… too much closure

(pun in the title not intended)

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Virginia MacGregor: What Milo Saw (Sphere, 2014)

I still don’t know what to say about this book. I loved the original idea, and all the characters. They were all so real, and we got to know about the motivation of even the negative ones. Everyone was complex and very well written. The short chapters, telling the story from four different points of view got me reading well into the small hours more than once, even though I had two kids demanding my attention the next day. I just couldn’t put it down. Then came the climax… and the book didn’t end. It dragged on for another 30 pages. My excitement and enthusiasm turned into a polite interest. Almost all loose ends were tied up in the end, some of them not very satisfactorily. I don’t mean the opposite happened of what I was expecting, but that I felt like some decisions and reactions didn’t suit the characters.

[Major spoilers ahead! Don’t proceed if you haven’t read this book but intend to do so!]

The climax came at the award ceremony, and everything afterwards could be left out completely. Yes, we know, Gran would die. We know Tripi and Mum would be together. But what does it do to a child going blind that after his father left him (and his mum) for his new love, now it is his mother who leaves him to accompany her new love in search of the guy’s lost little sister? “But now Milo understood that the people who loved you were the ones who stuck around.” (p.372) And then he’s perfectly fine with his mum going off with her new boyfriend… I know, for a week at most at a time but still, constantly travelling in search of the girl.

And, if we are told about everyone’s lives (even Clouds taking his girlfriend to meet his family back in Scotland), then why can’t we know if they found Ayishah? Or rather why could we not know about all the others either? Anyway, I still love the characters and think it’s a beautiful, well written book that should have ended 30 pages earlier.

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  1. […] arra, hogy megértsék őket. A helyzetük megismerésére szerintem jobb Virginia MacGregortól a Milo szerint a világ, igaz, ott szíriai menekülttel találkozunk, nem afrikai bevándorlókkal. Ugyanakkor Puértolas […]

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  2. […] Maybe What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor. I loved the original idea, and all the characters. Everyone was complex and very well written. The short chapters, telling the story from four different points of view got me reading well into the small hours more than once, I just couldn’t put it down. Then came the climax… and the book didn’t end. It dragged on for another 30 pages. My excitement and enthusiasm turned into a polite interest. (Read more about this book here.) […]

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