Cara Bennett

Helpful votes received on reviews: 80% (16 of 20)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 380,311 - Total Helpful Votes: 16 of 20
The Children (VMC) by Edith Wharton
The Children (VMC) by Edith Wharton
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Edith Wharton considered The Children one of her favourite and finest novels. Centering around an unexpected and unconventional subject, it has been overlooked in the past and the present. Featuring a cast of 10-12 characters, The Children centres around engineer Martin Boyne's (from a distinguished old-money New York family) involvement with the seven Wheater children as well as his reunion with and engagement to an old flame. The result of neauvau riche parents and mores, the Wheater brood consists of four Wheaters and three "steps" (one who is a half sister on the father's side, and two who are children of one of their mother's ex-husbands). Judith, the eldest at fifteen, is their… Read more
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
FYI - The author has stated that he never specifically said the narrator has Asperger's Syndrome or is autistic. In fact, the narrator shows far too much self-awareness (as is needed to write an book) and too fluid an understanding of other's speech to be autistic. See here for more info: [...]

I am not saying the book is not good or valuable, just understand it is not an autistic's mind.
A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
In A Place of Greater Safety, Hilary Mantel has attempted a gargantuan task: write a historical novel about the French Revolution which is simultaneously comprehensive, accessible, and entertaining.

Mantel's effort is comprehensive (9), mostly accessible (7.5) and usually entertaining (7.5). Published years after her other novels, she actually wrote this one first and before she perfected her craft.

The author writes quite a COMPLETE NARRATIVE of the early years of the French Revolution (ending in 1794) and interesting portrayals of our 3 main characters, George-Jacques Danton, Camille Desmoulins, and Maximilien de Robespierre. The French Revolution is so… Read more

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