02 April 2010

Island Beneath the Sea ~ Isabel Allende

Historical novel set in Haiti
Long book but just an outline

The narrative was an historical novel of slavery and its overthrow in Haiti. It had an interesting setting and there were lots of possibilities but it often read like an author's scaffold. It so needed fleshing out to make it come to life.

This was so skimpy on detail with little depth to the characters and little detail to their actions. It rambled around with ideas rattling around in its historical context. And it was a jumble of ideas that were like thoughts put down to shape into a novel ... but just got printed the way it was.