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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2001

    'River Angel' Is A Good Read. Once.

    While 'River Angel' by A. Manette Ansay was a decent book, it was by no means something that I would pick up and re-read again. It started off weak, not really grabbing my interest but I muddled through it anyway. The story, if you would call it that, was confusing due to the many stories of the many characters. The should-be main character, Gabriel, was hardly a main character. He was included in other people's stories, but was not that frequent. He was also a weak character and was easy to dislike, being that he could not stick up for himself. And yet, in the end, when all the stories came together to form a more defined story, it was, in a way, satisfying. There was a slight stress of God's plan, as Gabriel was the most religious 10 year old I've read, not overly exaggerated as in other works ('A Prayer For Owen Meany' by John Irving). It could also be somewhat compared to 'A Walk To Remember' by Nicholas Sparks. It is a satisfying novel in its conclusion and gives one hope in the fact or idea that there is such thing in a 'spiritual force' or 'higher being', while not pushing it down your throat. It renews a sense of hope that many have long forgotten. It is worth reading, though I think that once is good enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2001

    read it, but only once

    Unlike Ansay's other two novels (Sister and Vinegar Hill), River Angel was not immediately enthralling. The beginning was especially disappointing/weak. The plot was confusing, due to the many different stories presented, and the main character (if Gabriel could be called such) was almost other-worldly in his piety. Despite these facts, however, the book was still worth reading for its good points. The plot began to pick up and tie together toward the end, and some of the characters (e.g. Cherish) were much easier to relate to than Gabriel, because of their human faults. Perhaps the book was ultimately saved by the theme of a higher power; we all need something to believe in, and this town stood as an icon for the entire human race. I would recommend that this book be read, but only once.

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