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3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, but ultimately disappointing, 18 April 2011
This review is from: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Paperback)
First of all, what a title! It instantly piques the interest and intrigues ... but overall the story falls a little short of it's promise. This is a thoughtful tale of Rose, who can taste people's feelings through their cooking. The writing is gentle and flowing and the premise thought provoking - but what a burden to have to bear! Poor Rose discovers things she really doesn't want to know, and how awful would it be to be unable to enjoy food simply for what it is?!

I think this book suffered a little from lack of plot development. Rose as a character does not really develop through the story until the very end, and the whole mystery of Joseph's "special skill" is perhaps just a bit too bizarre and pointless. The conclusion felt rushed and sudden, and quite unsatisfying.

All this is not say I didn't enjoy the book - I did. But I think Aimee Bender missed a trick ... with a little more tweaking of the plot, this could have been an amazing and unusual read. As it is, it is just a bit strange.
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Initial post: 31 Oct 2011 20:19:49 GMT
Started off well, but a disappointing ending.

Posted on 9 Feb 2014 21:03:56 GMT
emwillmore says:
A thoroughly mediocre family saga, too literal to be treated as a metaphor for growing up, and too fantastical to be treated as a realistic story. The run of the mill prose and lack of character development contribute to an overall read that is a poor return on the effort of reading it.
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