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Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Page Count: 177
Nonfiction Genre: Essays, Short Stories, Memoir
Dates Read: October 12, 2015
Filled with personal essays, Appel shares stories of his off-beat family, his heritage, and educational experiences.
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.
I really loved the idea of this book, especially being someone that has moved nearly 5,000 miles away from family, I felt a little connection to the premise.
In theory I enjoyed the book, but in reality I was bored. It was like sitting next to a stranger on a tram, and having them tell you their complete life story of people you don't know. At some point, I think around the chapter "An Absence of Jello", my eyes started to glaze over. However, I pushed through with a hope that things would get better. Oh, how I hoped things would get better. I'm still hoping and waiting (I've finished the book, BTW).
Though the book is incredibly dull, I have to give Appel credit for his beautiful prose. His writing is flawless and smooth, something I wish all authors had. Though I feel like I've found a dud in Phoning Home, I want to check out other pieces of his work, because of his quality of writing.
Thank you for the free copy. I plan to donate my copy to my local library in hopes that others will take a chance to read this and enjoy it more than I did.
Ratings (based on a 10 point scale)
Quality of Writing - 8
Pace - 5
Plot Development - 3
Characters - 2
Enjoyability - 2
Insightfulness - 3
Ease of Reading - 4
Photos/Illustrations - N/A
Overall Rating - 2 out of 5 stars