Book Review: The Water Dancer – Ta-Nehisi Coates

⭐⭐⭐ 3/5

I really wanted to love this book – the premise is so interesting and it very beautifully and lyrically written. For some reason though, I found it incredibly difficult to break through a barrier with it, and found reading it quite long

There were definitely things that drew me to it and kept me reading. I loved the imagery of the protagonist’s relationship with water, running through his heritage and memory of his mother – intertwining his past with his future in a very mythical way. I also loved the characters, including some particularly memorable strong and complex female characters.

I think my trouble was with the plot – I found a lot of the story quite difficult to follow. I’m not sure why, as recalling it now it doesn’t seem complicated, but it just didn’t flow for me at the time of reading.

I will remember this novel and loved parts of it. Ultimately though, I couldn’t connect all the different parts of it – perhaps I wasn’t in the right space for it.

Many thanks to the Publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review an eCopy of this book.

Sophie @Sophie_Jo_Books  📚 🐾


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