22/40, The World to Come, Dara Horn Book Review
· Copyright date and genre? 2006, fiction
· What did you like about the main character? He wasn’t particularly likeable in my opinion. I thought his job as a trivia question writer was pretty cool.
· Which character could you relate to the best? I was drawn to the sister. She is artistic and has a lot of responsibility on her shoulders. A little sad but loved.
· Were there any other especially interesting characters? The sister and the husband, the characters in the other world.
· From whose point of view is the story told? There is no one POV.
· Were the characters and their problems believable? The love and relationship problems, sure. Reproducing a Matisse/art fraud? Eh.
· Did you learn something new from the book? I learned a great perspective about birth and death. Also some potentially true facts about Matisse and some of his acquaintances.
· Was location and time period important to the story? Yes.
· What alternative titles would you choose for the book? I’m writing this review having read 4 books since then so I’m having a hard time being creative!
· Share a favorite scene or quote from the book. I loved how Horn dealt with the world to come and how you become the person that you are. (Eating pieces of art and describing the saltiness, richness, sweetness of each really sticks out)
· What did you like the most and least about the book? I like seeing multiple POV and family history. I do think it dragged a little towards the end. It could’ve been shorter.
· Did you like the way the book ended? Yes
· What do you think will be your lasting impression of the book? Beautiful writing but not life changing.
· Would you recommend this book? Rate out of 4 stars. Yes, if you like history, art, and family drama. 3.5 stars