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Some interesting points, but flawed with weak characters
am 18. Mai 2000
Europa is a hodge-podge of philosophical musings, unlikely characters, uninteresting recollections, and un-noteworthy events that left me cold.
Jerry Marlow, a college professor, is the main protagonist who with his colleagues sets off on a long-distance bus trip to save their jobs by lobbying with a group of European bureaucrats. He has no interest in doing this, but does so because his French ex-girlfriend is along as well. She's a character that we never manage to like, therefore the reader never wishes that the two should get back together.
In fact, the reader never manages to like Jerry; his philosophical pondering comes across more like pretentious self-important whining. The only other character of note is a Welsh speaking Indian born and bread in Wales, a character so unlikely and outlandish that the reader never quite buys the concept.
There are some interesting points in the book, and more than one passage that made me laugh. But in the end, one gets the feeling the author is more interested in impressing the reader with his sophistication and cultural breadth than telling a readable story or developing interesting characters
Looking for a novel about a man seeking love lost amidst a colorful political backdrop? Try Ronan Bennett's expertly written "The Catastrophist".