Maybe I just didn't get it. Kept reading hoping there would be something marvelous, something to earn all the rave reviews, but then I was on the last...moreMaybe I just didn't get it. Kept reading hoping there would be something marvelous, something to earn all the rave reviews, but then I was on the last page and I hadn't found it. (less)
Edit (10/2/12): I'm downgrading it from a 4 to a 3 snce I just reread the first 40 pages before figuring out that I'd already read it. Not a sign of a...moreEdit (10/2/12): I'm downgrading it from a 4 to a 3 snce I just reread the first 40 pages before figuring out that I'd already read it. Not a sign of a very significant book.
I'd looked for a copy in the Rock a few times and never did find one. Turns out my mom has a first edition stashed away in the basement.
Razors edge p.61 - the start of an awesome break-up scene that makes the book worth picking up. "I couldn't go back now. I'm on the threshold. I see vast lands of the spirit stretching out before me, beckoning, and I'm eager to travel them." "What do you expect to find in them?" "The answers to my questions." He gave her a glance that was almost playful, so that except that she knew him so well, she might have thought he was speaking in jest. "I want to make up my mind whether God is or God is not. I want to find out why evil exists. I want to know whether I have an immortal soul or whether when I die it's the end."
So often it reads like a dreadful society novel - who weekeneded with who, etc. Thank god for the narrator:
P.116 "Didn't you know? I am descended in the female line from the Count de Lauria who came over to England in the suite of Philip the Second and married a maid of honour of Queen Mary's." "Our old friend Bloody Mary?" "That, I believe, is what heretics call her," Elliott answered stiffly.
P.145 "What do you think it can be that makes him so queer?" "Perhaps something so commonplace that one simply doesn't notice it." "Such as?" "Well, goodness, for instance." Isabel frowned. "I wish you wouldn't say things like that. It gives me a nasty feeling in the pit of my stomach."
P.146 "American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers."
P.254 "But can you for a moment imagine that you, one man, can have any effect on such a restless, busy, lawless, intensely individualistic people as the people of America? You might as well try to hold back the waters of the Mississippi with your bare hands." "I can try."(less)