It's strange how much I like the film Breakfast at Tiffany's, even though it's really not a very good one, and it's even offensive in some parts. SomeIt's strange how much I like the film Breakfast at Tiffany's, even though it's really not a very good one, and it's even offensive in some parts. Something about the wistful mood it sets, the effervescence of Audrey Hepburn and her gorgeous Givenchy clothes and hats, that lovely soundtrack, and the indelible characters till makes for a wonderful film-watching experience despite its flaws.
Reading the book was an unusual experience because so much of the dialogue was so familiar, and the story isn't very different for at least the first two thirds of the book, though Holly Golightly is a much bolder and bawdier and than she is in the film. But as I was drawn further into this story of a man who is platonically but irresistibly fascinated by this marvelous woman, I was intrigued by not only this notion of being absorbed in another person nearly to the exclusion of all else, but by this portrait of one of the strongest and most positive relationships that can exist: that between a woman and a gay man.
I was surprised to find how quietly complex and poignant this story was, and how skillful the writing, especially in regards to the unnamed narrator and the careful masking of his sexuality. (The clues are so subtle, but they're there.) While the film always gets me teary against my will with the cheap shot of the cat being thrown out in the rain and the swelling Mancini when he comes back, the very different ending of this book left me with a subtle but lingering sadness. Losing friends can be an intense and life-changing experience, too; it's a shame that we haven't yet seen the film that shows the love story Capote meant to tell.
3.5 stars I really enjoyed this series, though this one is my least favorite. Points for the sister plot line (both her smart, sassy character and his3.5 stars I really enjoyed this series, though this one is my least favorite. Points for the sister plot line (both her smart, sassy character and his protectiveness towards her), as well as the eventual (view spoiler)[adoption (hide spoiler)] bit. I think the orgy scene was meant to be edgier/hotter than it was, though, and it just didn't quite work/ring true for me. Or maybe I'm just cynical and think that everybody would jump right in and touch everybody else at that point, hah.
Really like this author, though. Must read her older titles, and the Akira one.["br"]>["br"]>...more
3.5 stars Really great for an airplane/beach type read. It unravels a bit towards the end (and pretty early on it seems clear what's happened--and def3.5 stars Really great for an airplane/beach type read. It unravels a bit towards the end (and pretty early on it seems clear what's happened--and definitely telegraphed by three-quarters through), so I felt a bit impatient for things to be resolved), but it's a fast-paced Agatha Christie-ish mystery that keeps your attention with an enjoyable narrative voice. Also well-plotted and written overall; it's hard to sustain suspense with first person narration in which the POV character knows something she's withholding from the reader and also (in parts) has amnesia, but the author does this well.
Not really creepy, though--your expectations are set up for that with the title and description, but it's a fairly straightforward psychological thriller.
One question for someone who's read it--(view spoiler)[at one point, there was a reference to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and for a time I thought the author was implying that with James, as with Brick, there was repressed homosexuality. But there wasn't. (hide spoiler)] So what's the correlation there? I'm missing it!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
3.5 stars This is one unreliable narrator I don't think I've seen before--a crime writer who is slowly succumbing to Alzheimers, one who is accused of3.5 stars This is one unreliable narrator I don't think I've seen before--a crime writer who is slowly succumbing to Alzheimers, one who is accused of murder.
Well-plotted even if you guess the culprit (though one of the alternating POVs gets a little wearisome after awhile, as it's in second person), and definitely very entertaining. A great beach book if you're in the mood for a page-turner.
I really liked the ending as well, though not everyone will....more
This is a bizarre, violent story, one full of menace and dark magic. It's trippy the way that every Alice book should be, and full of nightmarish imagThis is a bizarre, violent story, one full of menace and dark magic. It's trippy the way that every Alice book should be, and full of nightmarish images and themes.
I loved it for the most part...but. BUT. I have one problem with it, and it's a pretty major one: the book is extremely rape-y. Huge trigger warning if you are bothered by sexual violence of any sort, because it's everywhere in this world, both blatant and implied, and both active and imagined.
While I've always thought most fairy tale retellings and re-imaginings could use a bit more meditation on the themes of seduction and coercion--it's in the very nature of many of the original stories, after all--I was extremely bothered by the degree of rape and abuse here.
If you are able to look past that--ugh, it pains me to even phrase this in such a way--the book is incredibly imaginative, and just what a grown-up Alice story should be. It's well-written, delightfully weird, and scatter-shot with wince-inducing horror. AND A GIANT RABBIT. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, and I'm very interested in seeing where the story goes next!
But I also am very disturbed by the rape of past, present, and possible future. And I'm bothered by the implication that all men, no matter how good, are susceptible to bring overcome by lust, even under the most horrifyingly extreme circumstances. So...mixed reactions from me because I feel so very strongly about the way women are treated in this book, and the view of men. Please note, however, the relatively high rating despite that. Probably best to judge for yourself if you're interested.
A bit more of a polish on this review at some point. ...more
Eh. I liked this overall, but didn't love it. He's awfully into her awfully fast, which didn't quite gel for me for the type of character he's set upEh. I liked this overall, but didn't love it. He's awfully into her awfully fast, which didn't quite gel for me for the type of character he's set up to be...and the powerful/wealthy/sexy male/band of brothers thing wasn't totally convincing to me in this case, either. And the sex is fine, but not fantastic.
I also really hate it when books are set up to be series and a bunch of characters are thrown at you at the very beginning--it's hard to keep track and get invested in the primary characters when that happens. Authors, please take pity on your readers and trust that you'll have time to set up those other characters and relationships in later books, please. It's much more engrossing and emotionally satisfying (not to mention less confusing) if you let us learn about your main characters before you divert our attention towards something else.
Interestingly, I thought the mystery was done pretty well, however, which is often not the case in romantic thrillers. I liked the heroine, too. So I think your overall feeling towards this book probably depends a lot on whether you find the hero charming? And he didn't do all that much for me, I'm afraid. Oh, well.
An advance copy was provided by the publisher....more