Kept persisting on this slow tedious novel. After 80 pages I thought a woman had lost her husband, returned to Maningtree with her husbands unborn child, to live with her brother who was scarred as a child and who was beginning to have a downer on women who may be witches. Damn, I've just summed up everything that happens in 80 pages in just three lines. If you buy this book you can now read from page 81...
To give an example of the prose:
"I did not want to go back to the Thorn: to Matthew, to Mary Phillips and to everything else I did not understand. I had thought that a few hours away from there would leave me knowing what I should do. But I did not know. I felt even less certain than before."
This lazy writing is throughout the book and all you have is pages of the main character thinking, 'I should go and see Bridget, but perhaps I shouldn't, I should ask Matthew if I can go and see Bridget, but perhaps I shouldn't as he may be angry. I should ask Bridget about Matthew if I do go and see her, but maybe I should see her tomorrow rather than today. But then again I do need to see Bridget to ask her about Matthew and mother's ring. Perhaps when I feel better I will go and see Bridget...etc, etc, etc"
By this time I'm hoping Bridget's house burns down and you get run over by s horse and cart!
The writing tries to be authentic but comes across as stilted and trite. Also no one in the 17th century was using the Americanism of 'walking through a scenario'. Yuck!
There is a good book to be had on this part of British folk history but this is not it.
- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 54 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 2 Mar. 2017
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B01MUSWG79
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