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Triangle by Katharine Weber
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Mar 13, 11

Read from March 12 to 13, 2011

This book had so much promise - a historical event, a secret, a consideration of how history is remembered and reinterpreted according to people's personal agendas - but it was just not good. No, the parts about the Triangle fire were great, mostly because the event itself is so compelling, but all the subplots were so, so tiresome. It seemed as if the author had chosen a project that she wasn't skilled enough to complete, so she skipped over all the hardest-to-write parts and tried to write around them with a bunch of cutesy dialog. If you spend most of the book writing in the pluperfect - summarizing all the things that have happened because you don't know how to write them happening in real time - the parts that you do put in the present have to be really good. But they were just painfully stupid conversations about the least important aspects of the story and all the big revelations and reactions and thinking were done offstage. Plus, the secret is easily guessed from, well, the dedication page, but all the details surrounding the secret are left as loose ends because the big reveal is supposed to enough. It isn't. I should have just read a non-fiction book about the fire.
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Daneen I had the same reaction to the novel. For a great nonficiton account, try Traingle: The Fire that Changed America."


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