The only reason that I stumbled across Driftless was because that this was a featured title on Barnes & Noble’s “Free eBook Fridays” a few weeks back. I love me some free books and have been desperately missing the free classics that I used to download for my Kindle; it appears as though B&N does not go below $1.99 for the classics. Anyway. I jumped at the opportunity to check this title out when I discovered that there was a free eBook that WASN’T a Romance.
I was in the middle of forcing my way through Madame Bovary, which was slow going for me, so there was about a week between the download and the beginning of reading. I scoped out some of the reviews that were floating around and prepared myself to be a changed woman. By reading any number of responses to this novel, one would be silly not to prepare themselves to stare God in the face before jumping into Rhodes’ pages.
Needless to say, I was a little excited to get going with it. I was even revving myself up to perhaps “meet” a new favorite author.
Unfortunately, however, I wasn’t as blown away as I wanted to be. I’m not going to write that this is a bad read, by any means, but I found myself skimming a lot. I don’t really like to skim. I read a little on the slow side, but I enjoy savoring passages and losing myself in the characters’ conversations, the landscape, my own thoughts… I struggled in doing so for the majority of this book.
Some positives (for me) – each chapter is told through the POV of a different character. All 400-something pages focus on the same core set of characters, but you get to hop around from chapter to chapter, story to story. I feel as though this was the main factor that kept me from calling it quits. Each of the characters is interesting and unique and I honestly can’t say that there was a single one of them that I disliked.
The other positive (again, for me) is that the spiritual exploration seemed to be a melding of Christianity and Buddhism. I am a fan of not keeping religion or spirituality completely black and white. Mixing principles, teachings, and philosophies wins big points in my book.
The biggest negative, however, again – for me, was the ending. No spoilers here, but it felt incomplete. It felt as though it ended in the middle of a conversation and there still should have been 20 pages or so to wrap everything up.