Book Reviews of The Song of Names

The Song of Names
The Song of Names
Author: Norman Lebrecht
ISBN-13: 9781400034895
ISBN-10: 1400034892
Publication Date: 2/10/2004
Pages: 320
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 11 ratings
Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
A good story, but the author works way too hard to make it difficult to read.
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Helpful Score: 2
Riveting story, but dense language. If the author could pick between a simple word and a sophisticated word, the sophisticated word was always used.
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Helpful Score: 1
I have to say that I didn't really enjoy this book. The story itself is a good one, but it just wasn't told well. I was bored most of the time and I didn't feel sympathy for or even like any of the characters, except perhaps the wife who was only a very minor character anyway. The story wasn't told chronologically which made especially the beginning quite boring. When I found out what the "Song of Names" actually was, it was a bit heart-stopping, but that was one of the few touching moments in the book, and it was short-lived. I did enjoy that large vocabulary in this book--I came across a word I didn't know every twenty pages or so--that's something that doesn't happen often. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this. Too boring. I'm sure you can find similar stories told much better elsewhere.