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Dull and grubby,
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A minority view I know, but I just don't get Anne Enright. This was my second attempt at one of her novels and I found this as depressing as the last. Fair enough, she has a good turn of phrase and handles language well, but there is no plot to be bothered with here, and I found the characters unsympathetic and/or unbelievable. But more than that, she paints a picture of a grubby, charmless world devoid of anything to provide a bright counterpoint to her sad and unattractive characters. In some ways Enright's world reminds me of Ian McEwan's works - Cement Garden etc, (though without his added twist of psycho). I suppose I found Gina and Sean's affair so hard to care about because they didn't seem to care about each other. They certainly don't love each other and he's hardly attractive - even seen through Gina's eyes. He's a paunchy, gauche, middle-aged salesman. And as for the fat and precocious child Evie, she struck me as something rather slimy and horrid. The relationship between Gina and her sister starts to warm up, but dies away just as quickly when Gina's affair is discovered and her sister takes the moral high ground. The one and only character I thought seemed sympathetic in any way was Gina's jilted husband Conor. Basically, this seems to be the story of a girl who's a bit of an idiot, surrounds herself with horrible people and lives a very lonely life.
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Initial post: 10 Jun 2012 19:34:44 BDT
I don't get Ann Enright either - and believe me I have tried. I have now given up.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2013 09:16:42 GMT
I totally agree. I am trying to muster some enthusiasm and interest for these characters...and failing.
Posted on 5 Apr 2013 15:28:48 BDT
George Stevenson says:
If it's Ireland that's wanted, much better to read Edna O'Brien. Not actually cheerful, but less pretentious.
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