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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Great plot but far too long and rambling.
My wife asked me if I was enjoying the book? I was, but I told her after 10% through, I already knew how it would turn out for Theo as I had read The Little Friend. I've come to realise just how depressed Donna Tart would like us all to be. True to form the ending was exactly as expected.
That is not to say I new where the plot was going. There is an excellent twist which is a welcome relief from the drudgery of going through every detail of Theo's sad existence.
It's such a shame. I might suggest: next time the author comes up with such a great idea she gives it to someone who will make it into a great read.
More Than You Can Say by Paul Torday
More Than You Can Say by Paul Torday
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never disappoints, 19 May 2011
I just can't get enough of these books.
I like the way that Paul Torday writes in a non sentimental style.
If you want great characters and gripping storylines then buy his books.
If you want unrealistic happy endings look elsewhere.
I cant believe this is the same author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. When I read Girl on the Landing I was hoping for a similar read. It was nothing like it, but was equally brilliant. To think that both books came from the same mind!
Subsequent books are more of the Girl on the Landing style with largely tragic central characters, that have a quality that makes you want to connect with them. It can be painful to follow their fate,… Read more
A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks
A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a mess, 19 May 2011
Just a jumble of rubbish.
I am over Sebastian Faulks.
After Birdsong I was keen to read more, but i have been continually disappointed.
Thats it, no more.
I can write my own endless lists of useless trivia.