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The Sentimentalists

Written by: Johanna Skibsrud
Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
3 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)
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Johanna Skibsrud won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for this compelling debut novel.

Napoleon Haskell lives in Casablanca, Ontario, on the shores of a man-made lake that covers the remains of the former town. When his daughter’s life unravels, she retreats to Casablanca and is soon immersed in the complicated family stories that lurk below the surface of everyday life.

©2009 Johanna Skibsrud (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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What a boring book

This is pathetic. How can anybody get an award for such a boring book
No wonder it was a free audio book,who would waste money for this.

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Boring

I don’t know if I got anything from this book at all. It’s problematic when I have to rewind just because I’ve zoned out when I don’t have that experience with other books.

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I don't know what that was

I'm sorry but I just didn't enjoy it. I found it meaningless boring and just basically a non-story. even the facts of the almost non-existent narrative or uninteresting. characters in the story we're no better. I don't know you give it a try tell me what you think

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  • Paul
  • 2012-01-29

Good effort, but ...

I got this book because of the fact that it won the Giller Prize and there were much critical acclaim written about it. The author has a background writing poetry... and the book certainly reflects that upbringing. Sometimes the prose in the book feels like beautiful poetry that gives the story a level of depth. But the poetry style also works against the story in times... making it feel chopped up and awkward.
So in the end, the trait that makes the book refreshing and beautiful turned out to be its Achilles Heels as well.