Thursday, October 15, 2015

Review: From Afar by Frank Scozzari

For centuries, poets have argued that unrequited love is love in its strongest form.

From Afar is a timeless tale of Morgan Stanfield’s search for love in the far northern city of Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Leaving the warm climate of Santa Barbara, he embarks on a four-day odyssey where he encounters a Russian beauty, a prostitute, a wise old babushka, an American chauvinist, intellectuals, the Russian mafia, and the ‘face’ of love, and comes to know how love from a distance can be more captivating than love close on hand.

Received for review.

I wanted to like this more than I did.  It had an interesting premise but was mildly entertaining at best.  The conversational tone of the writing was easy to read and made you feel as if you were listening to a friend tell about their traveling tales but it left a bit to be desired.  The transitions were awkward and everything just felt a bit stilted and generally off.  I really couldn't find it in myself to really care about the people or events.

Overall, while the stories were vaguely interesting the writing style left a bit to be desired and this ended up being rather disappointing.  I really cannot recommend it.

★★☆☆☆ = Just Okay


Ethan said...

Sounds like this novel was done a disservice by poor writing. Sometimes an entertaining tale can get lost in translation. Hopefully your next read will leave you more satisfied!

Mike Crowl said...

Having read half or perhaps more of this book (can't tell on my Kindle) I'd have to agree with your assessment of it. I'm amazed at the number of very positive reviews it's had on Amazon and Goodreads...

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