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2.0 out of 5 stars The palaver is finished!, 6 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Sepulchre (Hardcover)
Sepulchre was my nightly companion through an unwelcome episode of flu so the book's characters and descriptive narrative were somewhat magnified through vivid and feverish hallucinations. This was probably just as well as, in the cold light of day, the characterisation is weak and two-dimensional.

One feels an indifference to the fates of the various protagonists, especially the heroine Leonie. Mosse has hundreds of pages to develop the girl's personality beyond that of a petulant, impressionable and naive schoolgirl, yet fails. The evil psychopathic Constant is completely one dimensional. The modern day all American heroine, Meredith, lacks real substance which is disappointing given the musical possibilities and links to Debussy that Mosse fails to realise fully. The introduction of the Labyrinth characters Audric Baillard and Shelagh O'Donnell into the narrative, is strangely disjointing. The infanticide theme is a little overly gratuitous turning some of the concluding sequences into grotesque gothic melodrama. The Tarot theme, although original and captivating in the early part of the story, fails to develop or make sense at the conclusion, leading to a weak and unsatisfactory finish.

Throughout her novels Mosse spouts occasional lines from T.S.Eliot. ("Shape without form/ shade without colour/ hidden voices in the orchard", etc). Well, here's my contribution...

"The palaver is finished!"
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Initial post: 29 Aug 2008 14:49:49 BDT
This is an excellent review which has summed up exactly how I feel about this book. Thanks.
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