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The Love of My Youth by Mary Gordon
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May 11, 2011

it was ok

Mary Gordon is an uncommonly fine writer so far as putting words together well. However, smooth, even vivid phrasing do not a satisfying novel make. For that, a plot and character development are required.

This novel is about a 60-ish pair who were lovers when they were 16. He berayed her. She betrayed him. First love fried. By happenstance they meet in Rome and decide to spend a few weeks together exploring the city. Why? Damned if I know. Each is happily married and has grown children. Neither wants to rekindle their old love. We are not privy to any of the feelings about eachother that they experience on this meaningless jaunt.

The descriptions of Rome are worthy of Baedeker. Their utterances are long-winded and prosy. Besides, who wants to spend weeks with the person they last knew 40 years ago? Not only is the premise silly, it's pointless and silly
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