A PERFECT DECEPTION
A Perfect Patricide by Krzysztof Pacyński a political fiction novel would indicate that someone in the book either has killed their father or is going to kill their father by the mere definition of the word patricide:
Patricide – the act of killing of one’s father (dictionary.com)
but that’s not the case.
I received this book as a gift, from the author himself, in exchange for a review, and here’s my review. I didn’t like the book.
First off, I’m not into politics or anything related to politics. Yes, I watch House of Cards, but that’s the extent of it. If House of Cards was a book, I wouldn’t read it. But I wanted to give Pacyński a shot, because, after all, I’m a book reviewer. Although my genre of books is crime novels, literary fiction, true crime and young adult, mostly, I wanted to branch out and try this genre out. Let’s just say I won’t be visiting this genre again.
1988 ELECTION CAMPAIGN
The novel is set in 1988 in which there is a presidential election taking place and lot of campaigning going on. The onset of the book introduces us to Garry, a political aide to Jefferson Dent, a presidential candidate. They are to arrive in Iowa the next day but there’s been a school fire in Davenport that has taken the lives of 16 students. Going to Iowa now is out of the question. If they go to Iowa and speak about the school fire, it could be seen as an opportunity and in bad taste. They decide not to go to Iowa right now and just stay where they are.
We are introduced to other people such as Paul, another political aide to Dent and Maddy, the spokesperson for the presidential candidate. And then there’s Jefferson Dent himself.
GIVE ME DENT AND LEAVE THE REST
The only character that I liked in the book was Dent. He was a no non-sense type of guy who didn’t want to do things as they should be done. He had his own thoughts and ways of doing things. Dent also grew up during the Jim Crow era and was one of the few to fight to end Jim Crow when he was old enough to do so. But I don’t know exactly the details because I couldn’t finish the book. This is the third book I’ve read in a month’s time, in which I couldn’t finish. The first book Don’t Believe It was just plain uninteresting. The second book Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton was just too much, and this one was just too boring.
The dialogues seemed to go nowhere or serve no purpose. The characters weren’t developed early enough for me. Right now, I’m reading All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin, in which the main character’s background is introduced while keeping with the current scene and events. A character’s background and development don’t have to be a separate chapter. Nor should it be presented in later chapters. I feel the background and development of a character or characters should be done within the first chapter if done right. The follow up through in the next couple of chapters.
The book is labeled ‘historical fiction’ which means it must refer to the Jim Crow days. As mentioned, I didn’t get that far for I was finding it difficult to keep my eyes open while reading. If the Jim Crow era was introduced at the beginning of the book while introducing Jefferson Dent, I believe I would have continued reading the book, curious as to how Dent’s past was going to play into his future.
The story moved very slow, almost at a snail’s pace. The conversations between all those involved were very uninteresting and the dislike between Garry and Paul was even more uneventful, meaning, you didn’t care. Other characters were introduced which made the story more cluttered. I started to forget who was who. This is another reason I lost interest.
GRAMMATICAL ERRORS ARE HARD TO IGNORE
But the main reason was grammatical errors. Not major errors, as in sentence structure, conjunctions being used wrong or anything fancy like that. I’m speaking basic grammatical errors.
Examples: When the author writes about Paul and Garry never meeting before, he writes, “…for a considerable about of time, they haven’t actually meet until very recently.”
Dent and Garry are talking how much time presidential campaigns can take up, Dent asks Garry, “Well, we both see the point…Did you got any sleep last night?”
There were few more simple grammatical errors in which whoever edited the book did a poor job.
Granted, I’m hardly in the running for a Pulitzer Prize, but I find mistakes such as this to show lack of caring for one’s work.
THE EXCITEMENT LEFT QUICKLY
I was excited to read the book since the author did reach out to me. I gave it a few tries before giving up and decided not to put myself through boredom anymore.
As for the author, Krzysztof Pacyński, I think he could be one of those authors whose work you look forward to each year if he had the right editor. I haven’t given up on the author. If his next book after A Perfect Patricide, Part II is of a different genre, I will definitely give it a read. But for now, I’m steering clear of political books.
I give this book 2 out of 5 stars, just for the effort.