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The Sense Of.... a dreary beginning.. and frustrating middle.. and a disappointing ending....,
This review is from: The Sense of an Ending (Hardcover)Ok maybe I can only be best described as an appreciator of a "diverse" literary range.. (meaning that I will swoop from chick lit to something towards - although not at - the other end of the spectrum with indecent haste) but... this wasn't what I thought it was going to be. I was very disappointed from a chapter in.. but wanted to be proved wrong so I read it all. This is my first experience of this author.. did he REALLY criticise the Never Let Me Go Author, whose style is hauntingly original and keeps you turning the pages, hardly daring to breathe, by something.. some quiet unknown quality, all of his own? Surely not.... This author is a prize winner for... I know not what reason..... can't imagine. I just don't get it.. And criticise me though you may (feel free.. I'd love to be enlightened about what I missed here), I do usually have an inkling of why books that win prizes, win them...
The story line was irritating.. at best.
The prose made me refer to a thesaurus, not with delight as I normally do when I come across a word I am not quite familiar with the meaning of, but with intense frustration.. or to hit myself over the head with to lessen the depression of ploughing onwards. Yes I know these boys were prospective academics, yes I get that they were cleverer than the average Joe Bloggs on the street.. but I doubt the Yale freshers indulge in anything like such a degree of high-brow chat..EVER.. pre-sixties era or now..
The character, generally, made me what to hack off my own left arm in outrage at their dour personalities and their pomposity.. even Adrian, the "interesting" one. I know Tony, the narrator, was supposed to be boring, but ye Gods, he took it to the max.. and as for Veronica.. ok I am a heterosexual female... maybe I would not get what a man looks for in a woman.. but the girl (or later, the middle aged woman!) had no redeeming qualities whatsoever that I can fathom.. she was a tedious pain in the rear in ALL respects.. and top it all had no looks to fall back on. She didn't even put out (well not really.. not to him... and I don't particularly what to mentally re-visit what she DID do..) which might have given the hapless Tony SOMETHING to smile about, maybe once in his godforsaken life! (Did any of them, EVER, smile??)
I liked the ex wife best. She had some common sense and . I suspect, a bit of droll humour lurking, were it not for the fact that all her conversations we were privy to were with her tedious former husband, Tony; enough to stamp out any hint of humour in even the most fun loving individual. Heaven only knows why she maintained contact with him for so long. Pity I expect.
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Initial post: 17 Jan 2012 23:04:22 GMT
I agree entirely. Plot is unbelievable. There is no plausible reason for Veronica's mother leaving anything to Tony. Why would she even remember him? Many reviews have gone on about it being beautifully written , I thought it was woefully over- written and padded out.
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