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Ghost Lights: A Novel (2012)

by Lydia Millet(Favorite Author)
3.33 of 5 Votes: 3
0393343456 (ISBN13: 9780393343458)
W. W. Norton & Company
review 1: The second book in Lydia Millet's trilogy was better. In this, Hal goes to the jungle to rescue his wife's boss - T. from the first book of the trilogy. Hal is a well-written character. He is a boring, predictable, middle-class, bureaucratic IRS worker who suddenly decides to go to the jungle to rescue T. His wheelchair-bound daughter cannot understand why Hal would do something so uncharacteristic and neither can his wife, Susan. Both consider his act heroic though because both are closely tied to T. and, in many ways, hold him in higher regard than Hal. Again, we are left with a cliffhanger at the end of this book.
review 2: I enjoyed the writing style of this book . . . but the philosophizing and stereotyping of the characters was too much for me. The mater
... moreialistic business owner who disappears in Belize and undergoes a transformation. The paraplegic daughter who has a tattooed biker boyfriend. The wife who has an affair with her much younger co-worker. The IRS agent who steps outside the box, travels to Belize, and searches for the business owner to earn the respect of his estranged wife. The story line could have been more interesting if it wasn't burdened with these predictable characters. Belize could have been interesting, the legal system in Belize could have been interesting, the presence of US troops on covert operations in Guatemala could have been interesting, but these themes were all drowned out by characters weighted down with stereotypes. The writing style kept me turning the pages - and it was enjoyable. A good airplane book :-) less
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Strange story, not all bad, not all good. It was a pleasant way to spend some time.
Painfully cynical.
Not recommended
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