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her short stories are far superior to this novel
on 29 June 2011
As Moore is such a truly superb short story writer I thought I'd try her novels. This one is not a patch on her short stories - feels weak in comparison and just didn't grip me in the same way. I hurried through it, not sorry to get to the end.
I hate when writers give their characters bizarre stupid names - where on earth did she drum up Sils and Benoite-Mari? Also, although I love much of Moore's writing and images, I have noticed a rather unpleasant occupation with descriptions of sadistic treatment of animals which is a bit of a turn-off for me. In general, her writing's preoccupation with details of illness and death, whilst beautiful and moving, are quite harrowing to read - at least these are minimal in this novel, unlike the short stories.