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2.0 out of 5 stars Dead as a Doornail, 11 May 2013
This review is from: Oh Dear Silvia (Hardcover)
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Dawn French has a great concept. Silvia lies in hospital in a coma. Her family and 'friends' come to visit her and, whilst sitting with her, recall old memories and reveal their inner secrets. Their lives have all been influenced by Silvia in one way or another and we learn more and more about their pasts as the visit count increases.

The problem is that the story and the way it's told just isn't very good. The story is neither funny, dramatic, romantic or poignant. It sometimes tries to be all at once and normally fails. It's characters are dull - as Silvia thought of some of them herself when she was alive and well - or just downright annoying. The characterisation and accent of Winnie, Silvia's caring nurse, teeters from stereotypical to a wee bit racist. The story development is slow, some of the hospital visits are the same or similar to those which preceded them. That may be representative of real life but an exciting book it does not make.

It was a real struggle to get through. Only in the final few chapters did the book pick up a bit and become a tiny bit compelling. Then it was over. The resolution was minimal, the final reaction 'meh'. Rest in peace.
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Initial post: 31 Jul 2013 14:26:43 BDT
wowzers says:
I couldn't agree more. I was intrigued by the concept, but felt I wouldn't enjoy it almost immediately. I should've stopped reading, but I was determined to carry on. By the end I was just left angry and frustrated that I'd wasted my time.

Posted on 10 Aug 2013 16:35:28 BDT
Dream Diver says:
Yes, I agree totally the idea was excellent but I couldn't even get half way through it !!

Posted on 12 Aug 2013 17:19:16 BDT
I agree it was rubbish. Don't buy it.

Posted on 6 Oct 2013 17:10:23 BDT
Totally agree , very disappointing.
Had Just finished reading a Tracy Chevalier book, and sadly this just doesn't compare.
Sorry Dawn, not impressed, stick to comedy writing.
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