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Lulu in Marrakech by Diane Johnson
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Jun 18, 10

bookshelves: gah-frustrating
Read in June, 2010

Oof, what a disappointment. I loved 'Le Divorce' for its characters and the charm of its descriptions of expat life in France, but this book is just a mess; it wants to be a spy novel, a romance, and a portrait of expat life in Marrakech, and it really fails at all three. It seems entirely random that Lulu, the main character, would be a member of the CIA, and the details about that are so random and tossed in I almost imagined that it was part of a charming party game she was playing (except for the moments of completely unearned violence). Her love interest, Ian, remains so complete a blank throughout the entire novel that all the hints dropped about his dark secrets register null, and even the portrait of life in Marrakech is lacking; Johnson seems so cautious not to offend anyone that she barely says anything. All in all, it seems like a wildly ambitious exercise that ends up going nowhere.

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