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Childish Loves: A Novel

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When his former colleague Peter Sullivan dies, Ben Markovits inherits unpublished manuscripts about the life of Lord Byron—including the novels Imposture and A Quiet Adjustment. Ben’s own literary career is in the doldrums, and he tries to revive it by publishing and writing about his dead friend, whose reimagining of Byron’s lost memoirs—titled Childish Loves—may provide ...more
Paperback, 397 pages
Published August 29th 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published August 1st 2011)
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Agnes Mack
Childish Loves is really two completely different works. Half the book focuses on the fictional Ben Markovits, who inherits several unpublished manuscripts from a recently deceased colleague. After having the manuscripts published and seeing them gain more fame and attention than his own work, Mr. Markovits sets off on a journey to find out more about his deceased colleague.

It seemed to me that his goal was not just to find out more about the man, but to find out how much a reader can really
I was really captured by this book, as it wove a picture of the writer's life (suitably unglamorous) with the protagonist's experience as a teacher, and his delving into the mystery of his former colleague's life.

Then the story jolted without warning into Byron's diary, which I didn't find interesting even though it purported to show a new side of this bad boy's character. I found it flat and unconvincing. I skipped all that (knowing Byron's life story anyway) but didn't manage to reconnect with
I won this through GoodReads First Reads. I started it months ago. I got 78 pages in, put it down, and haven't had any desire to pick it back up. I just couldn't get into it. It was really boring. So I'm officially giving up on it.
Jan 16, 2012 Megan rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Didn't finish this one. It had a strange rhythm to it, like it wanted to be mysterious, but there wasn't enough there to flesh out the mystery.
Sandy Neal
Oct 12, 2011 Sandy Neal marked it as to-read
Received free as part of the giveaways program on 8/26/11.
Aug 13, 2011 Eh?Eh! marked it as to-read
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karen should win this giveaway! She loves Byron more than anyone.
Lisa Lucas
Won in Goodreads giveaway. Review coming soon.
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