18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
It was OK, but not a keeper, lacks a spark, somehow...,
This review is from: The Very Thought of You (Paperback)
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I agree so much with a couple of the other reviewers who refer to the writing as flat, or lacklustre. While the prose is very well crafted in places, the book as a whole is rather unsatisfying. None of the characters really engage you. The narrative keeps jumping from one person to another, then suddenly speeds up towards the end, so characters age from one page to the next. As commented on by another reviewer, there are some incidente which are drawn out to the edges of tedium (the build-up to the love affair between Ruth and Thomas, for example) while other major events are dealt with in a single abrupt paragraph. In her author's notes at the end, Rosie Alison refers to a visit to a house in Cornwall as the starting point for this book. Why then, was it set in Yorkshire, and in a Yorkshire which we never got to see or experience in any way? I just found the book very oddly put together, and felt frustrated with the author, because some of the passages were very well done, it just didn't work as a whole. Also, I was unconvinced by the relationship between Anna and Thomas - what was that about, it seemed a tad creepy?
Not one to keep, I'm afraid, or even pass onto a friend.
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Initial post: 26 Jan 2011 15:47:21 GMT
Stanley Rosenthal says:
I thought the book was tedious and badly written. The author's editor should have been far more rigourous. A lot of the explication could have eliminated and replkaced with a bit of characterful dialogue. the book could have been a great dealbetter
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