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A Good House by Bonnie Burnard
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Mar 03, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: couldn-t-finish

I read more than half of this book before I finally admitted that I couldn't care less what happened, and there are too many books in the work to waste my time feeling unfulfilled. This book is about a family, so you would expect some sort of emotion, some human aspect. Instead it felt like a laundry list of the family events accompanied by excessive detail about their surroundings. A moment would peak and the author simply wrote "then they understood why she was crying", except she never tells us, and there wasn't enough character development for the reader to figure it out! Of course, we knew exactly what they were eating and where they were sitting when it happened...

The fact that I put this book down in the middle of a dramatic thunderstorm and a moment of illicit relations between two characters should illustrate how unmoved I was by this book.

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Geez...I guess it really annoyed me! Sorry for rambling on like that!
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Stephanie Meh. Yes, it was off to.a slow start but I found the characters to be interesting, the author made me care about them and their fates. I guess everyone sees things differently.


Patty Totally agree with Robin Marie's review. I found the only way to get through was to skip big chunks of painfully detailed description, but, ultimately, I gave up anyway. What a slog.


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