Book Review

The first sentence should be the most striking. All the best that can be said about the book, one must say at once. No one will wade through the jungle of the whole text to see the pearl hidden in the last line. The first sentence is like an entrance ticket: people either go in or throw it into the garbage.

We should try to write about the book with all our strength so that it is not clear from the text who writes: a boy or a girl. A gray-haired man or an exalted lady, a student or an institute student. “At first I read, then drank tea, and then decided that this novel” – do not need this kindergarten. Do not need extra details about your gender and age. Do not type “I”. Move away from the book and write about the book, and not about yourself, reading a fashionable novel. Do not need personal details “when I was young and my hair was fluttering in the wind …”. The better “when I read the detective, I thought that this book is very different from the others” – simple “this book is very different from the others”?

Yes, the book is read, yes, I’d like to tell you more about impressions. But for a start it’s good to know everything about the author and the book. It would be a shame to lose sight of a heap of literary awards or screen versions. Who is this author, what does he do, how much he writes, in what language and in what country? Suddenly, a rare representative of the writer’s brotherhood comes from a country that is not too much known about? And what does the cover look like in the original? And other details.

It is always better to copy the foreign name of the author (even in a language that is incomprehensible) to the search string: there can be many interesting links along the chain. It is not necessary to throw everything found on the readers – only the most important. And it is desirable – not in the first paragraph. Biographical data is “boring information”, it usually does not cling, although it is necessary for a common understanding and context.