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In a Summer Season by Elizabeth  Taylor
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Feb 11, 2008

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Read in May, 2008

I'm branching out from Victorian love-affair dramas to 20th-century love-affair dramas. The book was not as melodramatic as promised; it's more about the dynamic between young, old, and dead folks in platonic, familial and romantic relationships, with occasional melodrama thrown in to keep me happy. It started off slow, but both the plot and the character development gathered steam around the halfway mark. The end was a virtual action-film finale sequence compared to the beginning. The presumed protagonist is, oddly, the most opaque character; I had a hard time figuring out what, if anything, was going on in her head. The other characters are far easier to relate to. They're also all slightly bonkers and thus more amusing. Taylor writing is detailed in a non-boring, visualizable(?) way, and also dryly humorous throughout. Overall I'd recommend, and I think I'd like it even better the second time around.

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