Wednesday 3 October 2012

Bohemia by Veronika Carnaby - Book Review

Title: Bohemia
Author: Veronika Carnaby
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: September 2012
Pages: 190
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Literary Fiction
Source: Review Copy from Author


In her debut novel, Veronika Carnaby picks up where the Beat Generation left off. Set in 1960, Bohemia chronicles a group of twenty-somethings who defy the "ideals" of a mid-twentieth century society to seek creative fulfillment. In the process, they spotlight the creative path that artists of all mediums tread, all the while depicting the challenges faced by youth in the decade that changed the world. (Goodreads Synopsis)

This is an interesting beat generation-type story of a group of young people living a bohemian existence. I found the prose to be very solid and I thought the author expressed a unique voice.

I found myself becoming involved with the main character, wanting to know where life would take her, and by the end of the book I was satisfied with how things had worked out. Though this book did hold my interest and was well-written, for me it lacked that excitement, that spark that would make me give it four or five stars. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't blown away.

However, this is a debut piece and I feel the author definitely has talent and can build on any critiques of this book when writing her next work.

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