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- File Size: 635 KB
- Print Length: 288 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B007G9JD4M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #856,908 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The pace and the interest do not flag. The first person narration and the occasionally unusual presentation work very well.
It's impossible not to have mixed feelings about the central character. She's the spoiled brat daughter of a very wealthy businessman/politician; she lies, cheats, steals and behaves generally irresponsibly - but she's bright, funny and fiercely independent. It's her off-beat liveliness that keeps the narration very readable. Her guilt-ridden death is very moving.
The tale is set in turbulent political and economic times when being Jewish brought its own problems. It is well-researched with an excellent sense of time and place. The author says that it is based on real events. I'd very much like to read about those events. Have the names been changed to protect the not-so-innocent?
This is a very intelligent piece of fiction that tackles a tricky subject in a most original way. I find it particularly impressive that it's written by a man who has convincingly got inside the head of a young woman through her late teens and early twenties.
For those who enjoy being immersed in history, this novel will definitely appeal. I personally felt that there wasn't enough of an over-arching plot to draw me in. The narrative felt more like one woman's diary rather than a storyline. Some of the stylistic choices made by the author were also not to my taste.
But I stress this is a matter of personal preference - J.S. Egan's writing skills are evident. This is a novel that will appeal more to those who enjoy relaxing and 'losing themselves' with a book.
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