Virgil Wander

Virgil WanderVirgil Wander by Leif Enger
Published by Grove Press on October 2nd 2018
Pages: 352
ISBN: 0802128785
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Ever “Wander” why a book doesn’t quite work for you?

Virgil Wander is the owner of the local “movie house” when his car goes off the road and into Lake Superior. The accident has left him with memory and language issues and his entire town is unfamiliar to him. Speaking of the town, there are many quirky and interesting characters who remained in their Midwestern town long after others have moved on. The characters seem to meander along and have interactions with Virgil and each other but I found myself asking, what’s the point?

So, I am most likely in the minority on this book, but I have to say that I found parts of this book to be boring. Yes, there are some quirky and interesting characters but at times things just felt flat and the zaniness and the silly situations the characters found themselves in got old fast. I can’t fault the writing which was very good, this is just a case of this book wasn’t for me. I found myself stopping and starting this book as I found my attention wandering while reading. I believe I picked up and read four other books while attempting to finish this one. In many ways this book reminded me of Fredrik Backman’s books but without the charming feel I get from them. This one left me underwhelmed.

Three stars for the beautiful prose. Other’s loved this book and I am reminded that we all can’t love the same book. It bares to mind the sentiment that not two people read the same book. I really wanted to love this one. I choose it based on a positive review, but it didn’t work for me. Was it me and not the book. I don’t know. For me, the book started slowly then got better and by the end began to lose some momentum again.

Thank you to Grove Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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