“People looked to him like one of those Tibetan children picked out as a reincarnated lama. They think he knows the secret to life. They get mad when he doesn’t offer it up. What happens, anyway, when the village chooses the wrong kid as their prophet?” – White Fur
So this is going to be a different kind of review for me. White Fur is a book I’m not quite sure how to categorize or review. At this point, I’ve only read half of the book. It’s definitely not a DNF (did not finish) as I do want to finish this book. It’s more of a finish later kind of a book. This is for a couple of reasons.
White Fur is, at its heart, a love story. It is set in the 1980’s, which was a fun throwback for me. I’m a child of the ‘80s and ‘90s so some of the old school references in the book (Madonna, music tapes, paper dolls) struck a nostalgic chord for me. The story is about rich, Ivy-league student Jamey and girl-from-the-wrong-side-of-the-tracks Elise. At first, this seemed very cliché, and truthfully, it is. The old “bad boy” or “bad girl” meets uptight rich-kid routine has been done countless times. But the book is very well-written with beautiful descriptions and poetic metaphors. In fact, the writing is really the only reason I kept reading the story.
The truth is, the characters in White Fur aren’t really very likeable. While I found myself able to relate to Elise on some level, I really couldn’t tolerate Jamey. At first, he seemed spoiled and self-centered. I got the feeling he was using Elise. But as I kept reading, my feelings gradually changed. I think there really could be more to his character, which is why I kept reading. The only reason I haven’t finished the book yet is because it really is a slow read. There is nothing fast-paced and no action. The chapters are drawn out as each one covers an entire month of their relationship.
I am intrigued by the story and love the writing style, so I do plan to finish this book. I just need to take a break and read something a little more fast-paced in-between. Am I the only one who struggles with slow-moving stories? Do you ever put a book down and then come back to it later? Or are you strictly finish or do-not-finish? Feel free to share in the comments!
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