A Mind of Winter, by Shira Nayman, is a novel centered on three characters post World War II. Each brings their own set of circumstances, personalities (or lack, thereof) to the story line.
There is Oscar, a millionaire with a mysterious background. Christine is his former lover, and left him to test the waters in Shanghai. Once there, she manages to get involved in drugs and prostitution. Marilyn, on the other hand is a war photographer who is suffering the repercussions of all she has witnessed.
I found the characters lacking in depth, with lackluster personalities. Maybe that was Nayman’s intention, and if so, my interest was not held. I was forcing myself to read further on, hoping for a change, hoping for less burdensome descriptions, and hoping for some glints of light. Unfortunately, bits and snippets of information and explanations were not enough to hold my interest, and I did not finish the novel.
Rather than continue to be bored with the story, and not caring about the characters, I chose to let the book go. This is quite unusual for me, and I can count on one hand how many times I have done that in my decades of reading fiction and non-fiction.
I read Shira Nayman’s book of stories, Awake in the Dark, and enjoyed it, and was eager to read this latest book, based on my enjoyment of the other. I am sad to say that I had to put it down and be done with it.
I did finish reading a wonderful and inspiring book that I will review within the next couple of days: The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath, by Senator Joe Lieberman.
I also finished reading 22 Britannia Road, by Amanda Hodgkinson, which I will review soon.
June 10, 2012 – 20 Sivan, 5772
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