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What I love about this book:
The imagery, the symbolism, the magical components (I love the idea of a creature that turns everything it sees pure white!) , and the subtle relationships between each of the characters (the connections all feel like glass!). I also really enjoyed the conclusion of this book, it was not a perfectly happy one, but it was perfect for the story. I wraps up wonderfully, and made me feel very satisfied, if very sad.
What I didn't like about this book:
The symbolism felt a little too obvious to me, like it was hitting you over the head. Also, I wasn't quite sure that I understood exactly why Ida falls for Midas, it's the only relationship in this book that isn't wonderfully nuanced. I understand that he needs her for a lot of reasons (From that point, the book is very strong), but it feels a bit weak to say that she feels a draw to him. The book also moves pretty slowly, which left me feeling a bit like saying, "Yes, I understand, but what happens now?" Or wanting to skip over scenes that I felt were unnecessary to get back to the story.
Overall, I thought that this was a nice book, and I'm glad to have listened to it, but I also don't think I'll be listening to it over and over.
Overall, I did not like this book. The book is beautifully written. However, it is horribly sad. The depressing plot wouldn't have put me off completely, but in the book, not much is explained, and it moves at a snail's pace.
There are two main characters: Ida and Midas. This is their love story. Then, there is a character who used to be in love with Midas' mother and a character who used to be in love with Ida's mother. This characterization seemed redundant.
Nothing is fully explained. Ida is turning to glass. There are tiny bulls with moth wings. There is a creature that turns every being it sees pure white. None of these phenomena are explained. I don't expect things to be fully explained in a fairy tale, but some explanation is necessary, particularly when all the characters are scrambling to stop Ida from turning to glass completely.
Beyond the explanation, there needed to be more plot. The book felt like a short story that the author kept trying to expand. There are just not enough exciting incidents. Instead, what we get is talking and apologizing and explaining and sitting around talking some more. This book had so much potential, and the story basis could have gone in a lot of different directions. Instead, it just went nowhere, leaving me depressed and disappointed.