Tiresome and tiring,
This review is from: Her Own Woman: The Life of Mary Wollstonecroft (Paperback)
I received this book through a book exchange scheme, so at least I didn't have to pay (much) for it. I'm only on page 37 and already I'm wondering whether I am going to make it much further. The subject is (going to be, I hope) fascinating, but the writing is terrible. Already way too much tedious detail (e.g. lengthy quotes from teenage emotional witterings), even repetitive (e.g. we have twice learned the names and ages of the subject's siblings) and quote after quote rather than the author's own narrative. Now that I have discovered that the author is an academic, I understand. This book reads as a dreary thesis, rather than as a biography.
That's it. I've got to page 102 and I'm giving up. I'm having nightmares of quotation marks dancing before my eyes. Diane Jacobs may (or may not) be a clever academic but she can't write for the general public. And she thinks St Paul's Cathedral has a spire.
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Initial post: 1 Apr 2014 16:50:22 BDT
St P's Cathedral did have a spire until it was destroyed by lightening in 1561. Shame this book is not a good read though :(
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