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2.0 out of 5 stars Nice title - shame about the tale, 20 Sep 2011
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Sarah Winman has thought of a clever quirky title for her novel but failed to follow through on content.

She seems to be under the impression that her characters are magical and unusual but they are really not all that special. And why so many gay characters I wonder? I've nothing against this but there's her brother and his friend, her aunt, and Arthur their lodger. Even her mother is a closet lesbian!

Her writing style is a bit heavy handed, as if she's trying much too hard and the voice of Elly, both as child and young woman doesn't come across as natural. She uses some very strange descriptions too. Here are some of my 'favourites':

.......'the gulls were singing' - I've yet to hear this phenomena - they're usually screeching their heads off!
.......'except for the staggered inprints of a lone chaffinch in search of life' - the child must be very well up on wildlife identification.
.......'the red and white signal marker raised its sluggish head ' - better get the rail engineers onto this one.
.......'eggs which had cracked and spewed their viscous fluids into patterns of white trailing innards around the pan'. - this from a child waiting for her tea to cook!
.......'watching the meat market open up like some giant nocturnal bloom' - just bizarre! (Elly's flat overlooks Smithfield market).

I struggled on to the end as I hate not finishing a book, hoping that the story might redeem itself, but unfortunately it didn't and I skip-read the last few chapters. My overall impression is that most of it was quite boring and irritating. I felt like saying - for goodness sakes get on with it, especially the conversations. I hated the I said, she said format spaced out over the page. When I first came across it I thought the characters were going to say something profound or amusing but most of it was either banal or boring - even poor old god the rabbit! I for one won't be hanging on in there waiting for her next book!
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Initial post: 17 Oct 2011 16:11:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Oct 2011 16:13:22 BDT
Lola says:
Loved your review. Just the way I felt! Why all the hype about the book?..

Posted on 24 Oct 2011 01:22:56 BDT
EmmaGx says:
Oh goodness I'm glad somebody else hated the endless unlikely and unnecessary descriptions added into almost every paragraph! ... even the negative reviews seem to praise her use of language ... for me it jarred each time, didn't make any sense during the childhood section, even if as an adult she became a journalist (who hopefully had a better editor than the book!)

Posted on 27 Nov 2011 23:59:00 GMT
Oh for joy for joy...so many adjectives and so many flowery phrases and so little substance, this text is almost "too visually busy" to be processed ! What a dysfunctional novel, let alone the impossible unreal characters all accepting of each other's foibles in their eccentricness and understated bi-sexuality of some of them...I think they must be too inbred to be separated. What a book full of "needy" people. Yawn. Laugh. Never give as a gift.
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