Monday, August 17, 2015

#199 : No Poverty Between the Sheets by Pauline Kiely : Review

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GENRE: Non-Fiction - Memoir

NUMBER OF PAGES: 229

FORMAT: Digital

SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of iRead book tours. Thanks a lot guys!

REVIEW:

A book about an Irish-French family from half way around the world – definitely sounds like an interesting read for me. The book was just that – an interesting memoir of an oversized family (by present standards).

The story traces the roots of writer’s family who emigrated from Ireland to Canada. Written almost chronologically, the story begins with writer’s parents’ getting married and eventually having the writer and her siblings. The writer eventually falls in love, gets married and has her own kids and has her fair share of losses. Being from a large family myself, I know what fun it is when all folks get together. The writer sure had a lot of fun. Sadly having so many characters in a book had me all confused. It would have helped if the writer had a family tree in the beginning of the book instead of the ending. Some anecdotes in the book had me in splits – like the title, where her grandmother replies as to why she had a lot kids in spite of being poor, while others lacked wit and humor. The writing was pretty raw and much like what a seasoned blogger would write if he/she were to write a book (in terms of language). The book has quite a handful of spell errors that had been overlooked. The high point of the book would be the emotions – all the characters in the book emoted perfectly as they would have in real life. Needless to say, being a memoir, the writer captured emotions pretty well. The other interesting ‘feature’ of the book would be the songs that were featured.

MY SAY: One time humorous read. Perfect if you want to sample lives of people from a different culture.

RATING:

NARRATION: 6/10

CHARACTERISATION: 7/10

BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 4/10 (lower the better)

OVERALL RATING: 6.5/10

AUTHOR LINKS: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

BOOK LINKS: Amazon


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