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Official Review: The Great Divorce by David Loy Frishkorn

Post by prospero360 » 02 Dec 2018, 06:10

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Great Divorce" by David Loy Frishkorn.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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The Great Divorce by David Loy Frishkorn is a work of fiction that revolves around the Lasserman twins, Don and Daniel, and how the different paths they took in life affected the United States of America. Don was an outgoing individual who was involved in a lot of extracurricular activities in high school, which helped him get a partial scholarship for college. Don graduated from college, got a good job, and his life was on an upward trajectory. While Don was off conquering the world, Daniel, whose parents weren't able to afford his college fees, was struggling. He ended up getting Amanda (his girlfriend) pregnant, which led to their marriage. The pressure of the responsibilities of a husband and father was too much for young Daniel, so he turned to alcohol.

Along the line, Daniel lost his wife to cancer. He blamed most of his problems on the fact that the country had a black president. Apparently, Daniel was okay with blacks only when they didn't exceed his expectations of them. Daniel finally snapped when his new boss, a black man, fired him for incompetence. He went on a killing spree, gunning down over 20 black people. This was the catalyst for the events that led to the great divorce (the secession of several states from the United States of America).

The author kicked off the story showing the difference in Don and Daniel's lives at 64, and he went on to narrate the events that led to how they ended up at that point. The author does a very good job developing Daniel's character, giving him traits that made him unique, a purpose, a strong personality, and flaws. I don't think that Don's character was poorly developed, but he was painted as the perfect person by the author, not putting a foot wrong throughout the story. Another thing I didn't like about this book, with respect to character development, was how David constantly felt the need to divert from the story to develop minor characters. I found this very distracting and overwhelming at times. I also felt that the characters in the story were too many, and it was difficult to keep their names and roles straight at times.

It was interesting to read about characters like President Adamo and his successor, President Haight, who I feel were the author's representations of President Obama and President Trump respectively. A lot of events in the book are similar to the events that have occurred in real life. The book touches a whole lot of relevant issues like racism, domestic abuse, religious extremism, and guns to name a few. Using his characters, the author was able to show how bad things can get if left unchecked. He also offered solutions to these issues, which I found interesting.

Considering the number of characters and flashbacks the author included in this story, it impressed me not to find any inconsistency in the story. The timeline was also very easy to follow. In addition, The Great Divorce is well edited and well organized. It contained a few grammatical errors, but none that made my reading difficult at any point.

Overall, The Great Divorce was a very entertaining read. I also found it educative on some of the events that occurred in the United States of America, as I had to carry out further research to get the full picture. The issues I have with some of the characters means that I'll settle for rating this book 3 out of 4 stars. The Great Divorce will most appeal to people that are politically engaged. Fans of crime stories will also enjoy a few moments in the book.

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Post by Book Lover 35 » 03 Dec 2018, 00:29

Sounds like a good book. I'm not big on politics, but I do like crime stories. Great review!
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Post by kandscreeley » 03 Dec 2018, 08:55

Hmm... This one definitely sounds unique. I'd be curious about how Don and Daniel's lives compare. I'm just not sure I'd really enjoy it, though. As Book Lover says, I'm not into politics of any kind in my books. I'll consider it some more. Thanks!
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Post by tam_akangbou » 03 Dec 2018, 12:21

The Great Divorce is exactly my type of book. I like that it touches a lot of relevant issues. I’ll certainly love to read this. Thank you for this review.

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Post by T_stone » 03 Dec 2018, 18:26

Recently, I've found political books to be interesting and very educative. I will like to check this one time. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Espie » 04 Dec 2018, 06:03

I'd rather remain apolitical and nonpartisan as I've always chosen to be. It's notable yet sad how supposedly similar twins' lives have turned quite so differently. Thank you for your honest review.
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Post by Casper1622 » 04 Dec 2018, 18:16

Even though I’m not into politics, there are several themes in this book that interest me. Daniel also seems like an interesting character. Nice review.

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Post by Erika Thomas » 18 Dec 2018, 18:59

This book seems a little too close to real life for me to want to read it, despite your wonderful review. I use reading as a way to escape from the real world for awhile, so I don't want to read about the horrible things happening in our world right now. That being said, Daniel and Don sound like interesting characters. Maybe I'll get around to reading it at some point. Thanks for the read and review!

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Post by Ice dragon » 21 Dec 2018, 14:30

Sounds dark and emotive, I'll definitely be giving this book a read, as it sounds brilliant!
Great review.

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