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I wanted to love it
on 1 June 2010
I had no idea what to expect when I picked this book up from a charity shop, but I will be honest - I was drawn to the cover, brilliant!
Anyway, cover aside, the book is very slow to start, maybe too slow for me, the writing is lovely, and it does attempt to draw you in, but more than once I nearly gave up and put the book down, but I really wanted to know what happened between Henrik and Konrad.
Half way through I was still confused, was this just a "love lost" and "betrayal" tale? Once the conversation between Henrik and Konrad was going, it was impossible to put down.
I followed the unfolding story line with interest right to the end, but found the whole thing decidedly unsatisfying. Yes the book is beautifully written - even in the translation, yes it has all the qualities of an old "masterpiece," but it didn't grip me, it didn't excite me and I didn't get a feel for the characters or the setting.
Just not for me.