Book Review – You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers

First published, 2002

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I’m pretty sure I’ve had this book in my TBR pile for about fifteen years. No excuses: life and such.

So, the story. Two friends are travelling around the world, in only a week, in order to give away a lot of money and come to terms with a heaping helping of grief.

The writing is poetic and expansive. I loved the imagery. There were plenty of moments that really made me smile. However, I never felt particularly engaged with the story. I don’t know how else to say it – it didn’t pull me in. I was very much on the edge of the book and I think it’s because – I really didn’t like the main characters.

There’s a horrible stereotype of the young American traveller, trying to do all of Europe inside three weeks, and I couldn’t shake that off. Even though these characters are not students. They’re not doing a bucket list. There’s just something very naive and slightly creepy about two young men trying to unload cash on people who seem to have less than them, especially children.

I think I’m pleased I read it, but I think I’ll need a few weeks to be certain.