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The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell
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Apr 01, 11

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Read in April, 2011

Beautifully written. One of the best books in terms of pure prose I’ve seen in a while. And the writing had a cleverness to it, especially the dialogue, that I really liked.

However, at times the beautiful language was so thick that I felt like I was observing the story through particularly dark sunglasses. I could make out what was going on, but I only vaguely understood it and too many things were in shadows.

For some reason (and I’m not entirely sure why) the time period felt off as well. I kept thinking that this felt more 1910’s than 1880’s.

My biggest problem was that the story itself was boring. Maybe if the characters had been clearer, I would have cared more. Or if there had been more conflict or tension or romance or something other than beautiful language… But I never found it and never really fell in love with the characters. They were just as much strangers to me on page one hundred as they had been on page one.

Either way, it put me to sleep and thus I put it down.
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