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Mr. Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt
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Apr 08, 2016

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bookshelves: 2011, historical-fiction, review-copy, dead-tree
Read from February 17 to 18, 2011

Review copy courtesy of the publisher.

This was a bit of an odd book, but in a good way. Whenever someone asked what the book was about, I had to think a bit trying to come up with something a bit more coherent than "the personification of Winston Churchill's depression." I never did, actually. But as I read the book in under two days, I probably didn't have enough time to truly formulate my thoughts. It took me a long while to fully comprehend that this wasn't a book about a dog, or the lodger from hell, or even Winston Churchill. This is a book about depression and how it comes onto people and how they either overcome it or live with it -- or not. I wish the cover blurb was a bit less circumspect about that aspect as it would have greatly improved my reading of the book. I may have to give this another go in a few months and see if it improves with a second reading; I suspect it might.

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02/17 page 122
48.0% "This book is weird - but in a good way."
04/08 marked as: read

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