3 out of 4 stars
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Entanglement - Quantum and Otherwise by John K Danenbarger is a story with rich characters dealing with their different problems and emotions, whose lives are connected to each other through coincidences and sometimes strange events in life, apart from the relations and bonds they form. The story starts with the chance encounter of Joe and Beth, from where it branches off into different directions, adding more characters in the storyline as the book progresses. As the name suggests very well, the book unravels how the lives of everyone in this book are entangled and there are also references to quantum physics. There are various emotions at display throughout the book and no character is black and white. Everyone resides in a morally grey zone which makes the read much more interesting and the plot more dynamic. The author tells the story with a different approach where the narrator keeps changing throughout. It gives a much better insight into the mind of the characters.
This book will most probably fall into the genre of magical realism as mysterious things keep happening in the story which cannot be explained simply and are there to emphasise the mystery or magical world the characters inhabit. Although at no point does this magical nature overtakes reality. The book plays well with timelines, leaps and the multiple parallel storylines.
My favourite aspect of this book is that the characters have depth and have multiple aspects to them. Also, the author has very skillfully managed so many characters by carefully allotting the time and space to them in the book which gives every character the space to grow.
There were few negative aspects as well. The book seems to drag for a while in between. For a long book like this with multiple storylines, that can put one off the book and make it difficult to get through. Also, I think the overall story could have been more tight and directional.
There were no grammatical or syntactical errors found by me in the book which is very impressive editing for a book this long. The book has very few cases of profanities but it does has a lot of references to sexual terms and activities. I will recommend this book to people above 16 years of age and particularly to those who are interested in the genre of magical realism. I will give this book 3 out of 4 stars, for it's rich characters and the range of emotions tackled through them. The book would have got the perfect rating if it was more crisp and tight for some parts in between.
Entanglement - Quantum and Otherwise
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