True Review
Current Issue Number 99 Vol. 33 January 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THE DOORPOSTS OF YOUR HOUSE AND ON YOUR GATES
THE DOORPOSTS OF YOUR HOUSE AND ON YOUR GATES:

THE DOORPOSTS OF YOUR HOUSE AND ON YOUR GATES by Jacob Bacharach. Liveright Publishing/W.W. Norton & Co. (www.norton.com), 2016, 373 pp.,$15.95. ISBN 978-1-63149-174-0. Click here to purchase. 
 
Instead of pursuing a seemingly dead career as a sustainable environment architect, Abbie Mayer leaves Manhattan to become a real estate tycoon with a family business near Pittsburgh.
 
That situation would have been interesting enough if the reader could have grown to at least respect something about Abbie. But Abbie is almost formless, in that he is without morals and boundaries.
 
There seems to be no internal judgement on the part of any character in this novel. Though there is a lot of snide humor, everybody seemingly obsessed with one-uping each other, and moments where the author attempts to convey some sort of stumbling insight, DOORPOSTS gets bogged down in a self-absorbed assortment of disappointed, or sometimes just disjointed, observations that leave the reader feeling lost. I really didn’t know what to make of a novel that has no sympathetic characters, which is its biggest problem.

Andrew Andrews

 


 

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