Mar 142011

Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew by Stuart Ross
Rating: 1/5
Source: Review copy from Netgalley
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

Will be published April 2011.

From Goodreads: Struggling with the sudden, nagging notion that his mother once assassinated a prominent neo-Nazi leader, Ben—a performance artist, about to turn 40—doesn’t know where to turn. His parents are both dead and his brother, having previously been institutionalized, is a lousy source of information. In a non-chronological montage of memories, this inventive tale blends suburban realism with out-of-body surrealism as Ben travels back and forth through life events, attempting to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

I struggled to write my own synapsis, because frankly, I haven’t a clue what the book is about. It is a collection of chapters, snapshots of Ben’s life. They aren’t told in any particular order, and don’t seem to have any overall theme. It seems to be a random mis-mash of scenes. Some of which don’t even make any sense on their own, let alone taken as a whole with the others.

I gave a low rating, because I just didn’t get it. Apparently I like my books to have a storyline, a plot, something to follow along. This book just didn’t have that, and didn’t do it for me.

  One Response to “Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew”

  1. It's a shame, the Goodreads synopsis sounded really good but it sounds a bit too literary for my taste too.

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