Disorganized and fast paced
Anderson Cooper’s memoir (which is more a biography) is a face-paced, jumpy, disorganized conglomeration of memories. While Cooper has many interesting stories, he never spends enough time on any one to effectively probe into them and activate the reader’s senses. The horrible structure, lack of conflict, and little time spent on topics makes this book unfulfilling. Cooper starts by giving a background of a tsunami, explaining what it is and how it works. All of a sudden, he jumps into his child hood. In this memoir, Cooper jams as much about his life as he possibly can. The structure of the book is confusing. The childhood events in no way relate to the current day events. It seems like Anderson Cooper wrote a memoir and cut it up with his memories. The lack of a plot really hinders this book from achieving its full potential. With a lack of plot, comes a lack of conflict. Cooper merely tells story after story, never really building suspense or having a conflict. Without a conflict or rising action, the story becomes monotonous and repetitive for the reader. Often losing interest, you need to find a random place to stop because the 209-page book only has seven chapters. They seem endless and you struggle from page-to-page. One paragraph is about the most Cooper spends on any one episode. He gives such a short description of each event, the reader’s emotions are never really triggered to connect with the characters or the plot. He jumps from issue to issue, creating a mind-boggling interweaving of mini-stories that have absolutely nothing to do with each other. While it contains hundreds of intriguing stories, Cooper only gives a bit of each; no where near enough to be effective. He fails to build any plot of conflict in the memoir, and his structure is senseless and confusing. Overall the book was poor. It would be very interesting if Cooper excluded his life stories and wrote more about “war, disasters, and survival,” as advertised on the cover, the book would be a bigger, better hit.
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