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I hoped for 'The Dinner', I got the leftovers...,
This review is from: Seating Arrangements (Paperback)
I just really DIDN'T enjoy this. It's never a good sign if I delay picking up a book to continue, and this book took me twice as long as it normally would.
The characters and their story really didn't interest me. I didn't like any of them, or see important or insightful themes and messages in their story. Well-enough written, it didn't make me laugh, cry or care.
Sorry to be harsh, but I just didn't enjoy it and wish I'd not wasted 4/5 days getting through this.
The story of a man returning to his family holiday home to meet his wife and daughters for his eldest's wedding could be humorous, blackly comic, laden with sarcasm and biting wit. It wasn't. The bride is pregnant. His youngest is mourning a recently ended relationship. Her father is contemplating infidelity (with a bridesmaid). And wondering why he hasn't been accepted into a Club.
Nothing much of anything happens, lots is said and thought.
I don't mind slow books if they have a point, something biting or gripping to hook me. This was just too limp. Very disappointed.
2.5 stars but rounded up to 3, as the writing isn't at all bad, just dull.