Travels in Elysium by William Azuski
Book Review / June 16, 2013

Travels in Elysium by William Azuski My rating: 1 of 5 stars Have you ever read a book by Umberto Eco? Then you’ll know that Mr. Eco is an extremely smart person – and he loves showing that to his readers. His books are well-researched, full of reference to historical facts, other works, etc. They might not all be nice to read and some are outright annoying but at least they’re well-written. Now imagine Eco without proper research, without the smartness and without much talent for writing and you get: William Azuski First of all, I don’t care about realism if a book is interesting. I don’t mind the author’s ideas about archaeology or volcanoes (even though they’re involuntarily comical in this book). I do mind when an author writes more in metaphors than straight sentences, though. A few examples: – “the fury of a candle left in a draught.” Candles tend to die, left in a draught. I don’t really see much “fury” there. A few sentences later, we read “The great day dawns, the sun struggling through spitting clouds.” “Spitting clouds” – well, I suppose that’s rain but, really, useless, stupid pathos. And if it’s not “Lucifer-red” it’s…