Thursday, May 10, 2012
2012 Challenge Book #9
Book #9 was The United States of Arugula, by David Kamp. It was decent. I thought the thesis could have been developed a bit better. The latter chapters were excellent, and tied the history to the author's point, but I felt the first two thirds or so of the book was just back story. Interesting back story, but a bit more than was necessary to support the author's positions. I was also put off by the inconsistent use of footnotes. I am a fan of the judicious use of footnotes, but the author here didn't seem to have a coherent strategy as far as footnote use. Sometimes the footnotes had interesting or funny side tidbits of information that were worth reading, but not really essential to the plot, but others seemed to be less well edited paragraphs that would have easily fit in the main narrative with a bit of work. Not a huge issue, but distracting enough when I had to think about whether to break the flow of the paragraph to read the footnote or not. I'd rather more consistency, so I know whether to skip them or read them.