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Nemo needs a much better editor
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2013
I'm about 40 percent through I, Nemo and not sure I'm going to make it any further. This book is rife with errors of basic syntax, including a reference to Confederate states in the US Civil War "succeeding" (should be seceding) from the Union, a woman who bends over "demurely" (demurely is synonymous with modestly) as she and her husband are preparing to have sex, the main character responding to a Frenchman's "merci beaucoup" with "di rien" (the actual phrase customarily used in response to the French "thank you" is "de rien"), and not one but two references to essential components of plans that are "sine non quas" (the expression is "sine qua non.")
Sometimes an intriguing plot can carry me through bad writing (hello, Dan Brown), but I, Nemo's story just isn't interesting or original enough to counterbalance all the problems in this narrative, including the frequent and annoying stops to note gaps or damage in the imaginary found manuscript that comprises the bulk of the story.