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Don't read this, read Byatt,
This review is from: The Girl in the Green Glass Mirror (Paperback)
This book wants to be A.S. Byatt's "Possession", but because McGregor has none of Byatt's brilliance, vision, expertise or originality, it doesn't come off. There are hints in the beginning at mystical coincidences which are clumsily and hurriedly explained at the catharsis, as if McGregor had forgotten about them, and the 'great revelation' is obvious very early on. McGregor tries hard to impart a sort of Victorian glamour to her characters - steeped in melancholy, they are all touched by madness or death - but she fails to convince that these are interesting people. She doesn't even manage to make the landscape resonate for me - again, not through want of trying. The description of Dadd's work is interesting, but not worth wading through the laboured plot for. Read or re-read "Possession" instead.