The second book couldn't have been more action-packed. It is filled with a myriad of fascinating characters and events that detail life in Hawaii in the years leading up to and during World War II, but also the affects the times had on the characters as they go from New Orleans to Paris to Shanghai and back to Hawaii. Song of the Exile, by Kiana Davenport is definitely a page-turner, and it is NOT boring. Much of what the author describes is very raw and brutal. Her characters are real and very interesting, and the reader becomes involved in their lives and their emotions. However, the prose is so florid, it is "too much" at times. Some turns of phrase were wonderfully written; others made me say "what???" Davenport also shows us the courage and pain and horror the "Comfort Women" went through during WWII and for that she is to be commended. That tragedy of the War is something we should not forget. I really liked the book, but it was an experience! So many beautifully crafted sentences, poetically describing this world; so many events spanning the globe in scope!
Mom wrote an excellent review of this book when she read it, I think, last year. HERE is the link to what she had to say. Read them both and make up your own mind how you feel about these different writing styles, and which one you prefer! I, personally, especially enjoy something somewhere in between the two. I love poetic prose, and the page-turning writing, but I also love some of the more understated qualities of Toibin's book. I'd love to see reviews of either book by any of you out there, and get your thoughts on what makes a great read!