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This review is from: The Bellwether Revivals (Hardcover)
Dear oh dear, what a disappointment this was. On paper it was a book that should have appealed to me: hints of both Brideshead Revisited and The Secret History - two books I've read and enjoyed - and set in Cambridge, one of my favourite places. However, for me this failed on the most fundamental level - it just wasn't interesting (to put it mildly). The characters are, in the main, unpleasant, the subject matter tedious, irritating and at times depressing, the dialogue unconvincing. I also disapprove of the literary device used by the author of starting with a prologue which basically tells the reader at the beginning of the book what happens at the end; a gimick which removes any suspense there might otherwise have been. I would have given it just the one star but for the fact that I did at least finish it. But it was really heavy going, more a trial than a pleasure. As for the supposed similarity to Brideshead, well, on a superficial level it is similar but that is all; Brideshead is on a higher literary plane altogether.
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Initial post: 2 Jun 2013 21:22:47 BDT
Was just going to sit down and write this very same review! This is a very poor imitation of Donna Tartt's 'The Secret History' and nothing like 'Brideshead' - I mean, really?!
Posted on 2 Jun 2013 21:23:19 BDT
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