Island of the Sequined Love Nun

Author: Christopher Moore

Type: Fiction, novel

Published: 1997

I read it: February 2014


You can’t help but hold up a 1997 novel to your 2014 standards. This book has some serious misogynistic undercurrents, with questionable angles on sexuality, race, and other complex topics. The protagonist, Tucker Case, is the jerk-with-a-heart-of-gold trope, and it’s hard to tease apart the limited views of the character from what might be the limited views of the author. I’d like to think Moore would approve of our book club picking things apart so thoroughly, and I think stronger POV work and all-around character development would improve things and lessen some of the cringe-worthy areas. The ol’ likeability topic also comes up for the main character, and I would recommend using this article as a guide whenever that issue arises.

If nothing else, the story is a fun caper that takes place in tropical climes, and was a welcome escape from the frozen hellhole that is currently the upper Midwest. I’d recommend this read for airplanes and beaches (it features both) and since this was my first Christopher Moore book I’ll wait to read more before coming to any final conclusions about the author.

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