Review Detail3.8 4
The photographs are stunning and masterful. Each page evokes just as much emotion as a traditional page of prose, sometimes even more so. Using this scrapbook-style format, the authors were able to create abstract expressions that are hard to come by with the written word. I found myself feverish to turn the page, to discover more of the mystery, to drink it all in. The experience of reading Chopsticks was one I won't soon forget.
That said, I did find the overall story to be lacking in the end. Due to the unique format, I felt like I was reading a newspaper article and therefore never really slipped into the characters' shoes. I was definitely engrossed, but not in the same way as a traditional read. I didn't become Glory or Frank, so I didn't have the empathy I needed to truly fall in love with the characters. There was a disconnect at all times, like I was looking in through a window, spying on the neighbors next door.
Not that that's a bad thing. Chopsticks is still a fascinating read. Who doesn't want to take a peak into the mysterious lives of the neighbors next door?
All in all, this was an excellent experience and I highly recommend it. The usage of YouTube links and other modern tech was brilliant. I hear there is also an iPad app, which I'm going to check out. I think this book might be better experienced through the app, as you'd be able to watch the YouTube videos immediately as you come across them. The downside for me when reading was that I didn't have access to the Internet, so I had to go back later and watch the clips.
If you want to read something that totally flips the traditional novel on it's ear, then you must pick this one up.
(There is some mature content, so stick to the 14+ age recommendation.)
- The photographs truly are worth a thousand words