Wonderful book. Being Icelandic, from one of the happiest nation if we are to believe Eric, I found his chapter about my country well written and insightful. That made me believe that his other chapters, about other countries was just as well written. And it was wonderful to view all the nations from his standpoint of happiness. Highly recommend it.
A challenge to get through but it was worth it. Personally I would have liked it to be 3-4 books, with more details of each of the story - as this is a very complex and big story, squeezed into one book. Look forward to the movie?
It was simple pleasure to read, the storytelling amazing. However the plot itself was disappointing and in someways it would have been better as a drama piece rather than a "thriller" when it came to the ending.
The book reads like an author allowing himself to get lost in his own work. Like he sat down and just played with writing. And he even admits to that (to a point). But the wonderful flow of his stories captivates you - with my only disappointment that each short story wasn't a novel on its own. Felt a bit cheated that half of the book was the play, which was a repeat of one of the short stories (sort of).
After reading two of his books, this one was a bit of a disappointment. The crew of Oregon was just a bit too indestructible, bit too clever, and the character creation unusually light. The scenarios were too James Bond (Or Bourne) like, and for the longest time I couldn't shake that I was reading a movie script rather than a novel. Maybe Clive is hoping to be picked up again for a movie?
However, because he is still such a great suspense writer, you are pulled through the story. Never to the point of not being able to put it down though.
Though exceptionally well written, with the flow and characters keeping your attention, this book did nothing for me ones I had completed reading it. There is no plot, as you can see from the very start how the whole book is going to play out, though so the ending might be a surprise. Not a surprise in a way of an amazing twist, but rather in which direction John Grisham takes. I have not read many books (if any) by John Grisham), though of course I have seen many of the movies made by his best sellers. Maybe they are all like this, but I feel that if a unknown writer would have written this, it wouldn't have gotten published.
In the end I felt like I was reading an elaborate news article about the history behind a court ruling, not a fiction.