Tourists A Novel

Tourists A Novel✻ [BOOKS] ✯ Tourists A Novel By Lisa Goldstein ❅ – The 1993 American Book Award winning author of The Red Magician presents another spellbinding tale In a faraway land called Amaz a family whose ordinary appearance masks hidden conflicts discovers thi The American Book Award winning author of The Red Magician presents another spellbinding tale In a faraway land called Tourists A ePUB ✓ Amaz a family whose ordinary appearance masks hidden conflicts discovers things that change them forever One of the great American novels of the s Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction. This book read like a rough draft one dimensional characters with inconsistent behavior; unfinished or irrelevant diversions from the main story; awkward canned dialogue; a misguided premiseFirst of all the characters are unlikeable and in some cases superfluous They are so vaguely outlined and the personality traits ascribed to them so loosely adhered to that it is difficult to form a firm picture of them Additionally they mostly seem inept and emotionless For example the father a researcher of or an archeologist ? we aren't sure because sometimes he is studying texts and sometimes he is protesting that his days of looking for ancient artifacts have passed visits a country that he has failed to find information about including details even the most hapless tourists seek whether an embassy exists what the religious and other cultural norms are if it's safe for his family etc The university he is visiting seems to comprise a solitary academic who is sinister dismissive kind and determined at turns Further when both daughters are in trouble the parents are utterly unconcerned rather they voice their concerns but their passivity make those concerns sound hollow Most of the characters are cartoonishly portrayed and not differentiated in their speech or their reactions to stimuli The premise of the story is hard to swallow The title of the book is Tourists the visiting family are foreigners to the country where the story takes place but they aren't tourists Painfully they aren't even portrayed as inept tourist like personalities who blunder into another culture stepping on toes and making a nuisance of themselves More generally they are inept at life taking for granted what reuires a great stretch of the imagination to believe For example during political crises they are concerned about getting out of the country than they are reuniting their family and they take as gospel what a waitress at a McDonald's tells them about the situation They do a lot of sitting around waiting for events to happen In the end it's difficult to care about the characters or their uest While some ideas in the book were intriguing they reuired development to feel satisfying I found this book completely un put downable even as I thought wtf? The plot structure takes interesting risks that sort of succeed in terms of getting from point A to Z but it really hangs together because of voice mood character especially Claire and Casey The fictional foreign country is plagued by Orientalism but mostly also like the plot structure does its job Can you imagine being a tourist in a fantasy realm? I haven't read enough Lisa Goldstein she writes like a poet One of those books where the premise intrigued me I downloaded it free or cheap and then suck it into my Haven't Read folder on my Kindle I chose it at random last week to be the next book I read and I had difficulty putting it down The mood is established right from the start; foreigners in a foreign land Mysticism and puzzles surround them Difficulties with each character lend to the 'out of the realm of normal' feel to this There are errors most common was the replacement of the words angle or angles with the name Angie who happens to be a character in the book Could do with a bit of editing and polish The end is wrapped up but not in a pretty bow There are still issues and some uestions left unanswered Some plot devices were thrown in to help carry the story forward and I felt they could be fleshed out better to lend a bit depth Still I don't feel my time was wasted and I was entertained I'd seek out from this author This was a very strange book about a disfunctional family that moves to a small country so the father can research the authenticity of a manuscript he has been writing about He likes armchair research but finds himself following a native looking for the sacred sword One daughter withdraws into her fantasy world The other goes out exploring The wife catches taxis to places she needs to go instead of wants to go This is not One Hundred Years of Solitude but kept me off balance through the book like One Hundred Years did Not as dreamy as you'd thinkThe Kindle synopsis of this book was intriguing so I bought it However during my reading of it was as if I was being dragged along with the story rather than being engaged by it I won't read another book by this authorThe Kindle version also has several typos and a few minor errors not caught by the editor Goldstein know the secret of good fantasy fiction the best fantasy blends with reality to create a third dimension This is a magical book An excellent tale of magical realism Because of the point of view precocious teenage girl bit of it seem juvenile but there is a very genuine sense of wonder implicit the author imparts to the story as it unfolds I usually hate fantasies that are really mainstream novels with just enough fantasy to ualify Goldstein however made this one work as a dysfunctional family moves to a Middle Eastern nation gets embroiled in a war between two ancient sects and discovers some decidedly strange goings on Enjoyable enough the characters a bit flat and about two thirds of the way you see where its all going and its nowhere that original but charming enough

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  • Paperback
  • 239 pages
  • Tourists A Novel
  • Lisa Goldstein
  • English
  • 25 June 2014
  • 9780312890117