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In the Kitchen

A Novel

by Monica Ali

In the Kitchen by Monica Ali X
In the Kitchen by Monica Ali
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    Jun 2009, 448 pages
    May 2010, 448 pages

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Judy Krueger

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The story is quite tedious and boring. It took me a lot of work to finish it. It contains a lot of unnecessary information and the events are often told in a disorderly way with a kind of flashbacks that contribute nothing to the story; they make it disorganized. On the other hand, to describe the confused state of the main character, the author sometimes writes thoughts interspersed with conversations, which do not really reflect what she wants (to show the confusion of the character). They just make the book more tedious.

The characters lack depth and there are several clich├ęs in the book, which also do not help to capture the interest of the reader. The experience on the farm (last 5 of the book) is interesting; however, the main character does not do anything with the information. And then the story with the Lena girl, which according to the author generates very intense feelings to the chef, but it does not happen to be a passing character (also without a joke - nothing of "mysterious", as it is described in the back cover of the book) . In short, the author fails to convey any interest in the main character, who is painted as uninteresting, boring, indecisive. In other words, reading the book has not given me anything at all.
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