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Love In Idleness

3.13  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
The Orange shortlisted author's haunting debut about the pursuit of passion.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Pan MacMillan (first published March 23rd 2001)
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Nov 20, 2013 Alena rated it it was ok
Shelves: queer, fiction
I should maybe make a queer-adjacent or kind of queer shelf.

Huh. That pretty much sums it up for me.

I've enjoyed the two other novels I've read by her, this one, not so much. But it is her first one, so that maybe accounts for some of it. It seemed artsier than the others, more forced.

Already in this one she seems to have found her theme of closely exploring families shortly before the boiling point. Unfortunately, the way to the boiling point here was rather boring. On the other hand, without a
Aug 18, 2014 Caleb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Full disclosure: I picked this up thinking it was a novel of the same name by a different author. Shamefully it took me a while to realise this was in fact the case. So a great deal of the frustrations and disappointment I felt when I was reading early on is entirely on me. At a later date I owe this novel a reread unencumbered with expectations.

This novel bored and frustrated me. Its progress seemed something akin to molasses sliding down a hill. There were occasional moments of excitement but
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Jul 22, 2016 Violetta Yudina rated it did not like it
I picked this book up by mistake thinking it was a different novel by the same author. Not sure if I shall be reading other novels of the author now. The first five chapters were basically about nothing. Starting from chapter 6 there were occasional moments of excitement but they were finally lost by the time I reached the last pages.
Mar 06, 2010 Morven rated it it was ok
I loved When We Were Bad by Charlotte Mendelson, but I was really disappointed by this first novel. Slow and mannered, there were occasional outbursts of enjoyment, but it didn't amount to anything, I was irritated by the time I was halfway through, and finished it on sufferance.
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Charlotte Mendelson (born 1972) is a British novelist and editor. Her maternal grandparents were, in her words, "Hungarian-speaking-Czech, Ruthenian for about 10 minutes, Carpathian mountain-y, impossible to describe", who left Prague in 1939.
When she was two, she moved with her parents and her baby sister to a house in a cobbled passage next to St John's College, Oxford, where her father taught p
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