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I have always been a fan of Guterson. This was an absorbing read, but oddly, the main character, I assume the one referred to as "The Other", was not in the least interesting. I found the peripheral characters to have much more going on in terms of life situations, conflicts, inner landscape.
And actually, I was more attracted by the possible sources of John William's rejection of conventional society than I was by his actual repeated expeditions into the Washington wilderness and the construction of his hermit's hole. So in a sense the book didn't really get going for me until about the last few chapters. I have read other reviews, and this is the part that others seem to like least, the monologue by John William's father. Interesting variety of opinions.
The book was good enough, but not great, and suffered from too many literary references.
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The book liked to jump between the past, a past, and the present in a way that felt more for for a movie. You get rewarded at the end too for paying attention to the beginning which made me happy.
The second and third chapters according to my hard copy were swapped in the audible version. For me this is a problem because I read my book with the audible for school and if I didn't have the hard copy I wouldn't be prepared for the assignment on 1-2 since I would only know 1&3 of the issue for my class.