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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A book of two halves, 29 Aug 2014
I finally finished this novel a few days ago. I recollect the final 10% (I read it on my Kindle) being tedious and repetitive and I was skim reading it. Ultimately the biggest problem with this epic novel is that not nearly enough happens to justify the 700 - 800 pages. Yes, Donna Tartt can write and sometimes she has a way of writing that's so powerful and heartfelt, it feels like a punch in the guts. However hidden amongst the gems is an awful lot of meandering. Just because every Donna Tartt novel carries a massive weight of expectations doesn't mean that she shouldn't have an editor telling her less is more. I really enjoyed my time with Theo, the main character, until he becomes an… Read more
May We Be Forgiven by A. M. Homes
May We Be Forgiven by A. M. Homes
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
I quite enjoyed Homes last novel; this book will save your life and I found the first 50 pages of this novel equally as interesting. From then on, well I'm still working out how to go about claiming back all those wasted hours I spent ploughing through the rest. There's a plot in there somewhere but boy, does it go on and on and on. Does Home contract state that her first draft is the only draft that will be published because this book could do with losing 200 pages of rambling nothingness. It lacks structure, plot and any strong characterisation. How it won awards I do not know.
The Red House by Mark Haddon
The Red House by Mark Haddon
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A pompous disappointment, 26 July 2013
I've been a big fan of Mark Haddon's last two novels but found the going tough when it came to completing The Red House. Read the back cover and you're taken in by a story mirroring his last novel, A Spot Of Bother; a family where everyone has secrets and everyone is facing a big decision. Sadly this novel comes across as a rather cold soulless book where the only enjoyable character is eight year old Benii. It's biggest problem is the fact that Haddon keeps treating us to pages of poetry every few pages. It simply comes across as pretentious on the writers part and for me, served the rather directionless story, no purpose. When you take into account the rather damp ending, the way the… Read more

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