The Windup Girl
by Paolo Bacigalupi

A Review by Scott finished Sept. 7, 2012

In one sentence: The slow pace and straightforward style counteract the strong setting, resulting in a mediocre read.

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In many sentences:

Personal confession: I am extremely prone to obsession and fear over the subject of disease and widespread plague so many aspects of this book were supremely disturbing for me. I probably should have given up on it earlier, especially since I wasn’t completely in love with the book. Generally speaking, while the author did a fantastic job of creating this dark future in a comprehensive and believable manner, it lacked the beautiful language of a book like Gormenghast. Thus, combined with the relatively slow pace, it was not anything I loved.

With that said, I decided not to dwell further upon my time with the book for my own sanity, and so I will leave the critique at this, and do no synopsis.

First Line

"'No! I don’t want the mangosteen.'"

Paolo Bacigalupi the First Line of The Windup Girl

Last Line

"'I can do that for you, and much, much more.'"

Paolo Bacigalupi the Last Line of in The Windup Girl

Originally Published Sept. 1, 2009

Digital edition:

369 pages - Sept. 1, 2009

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