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Living Alone by Stella Benson
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May 29, 11

bookshelves: sff, war, edwardian

From the first paragraph I knew this was my kind of book. I wish I could write like Stella Benson, though without the casual anti-Semitism. There is some extraordinary writing in this book -- it skates on the edge of tweeness without falling unforgivably over, I think, but many might and probably would differ. But it's the kind of style a lot of writers try for but fail to achieve, with dismal results.

I liked the desolateness of the House of Living Alone, and the idea of witches and wizards being witches and wizards because they have been born for the first time. The story kind of fell apart towards the end -- I mean, it wasn't the kind of book that necessarily needed a plot or for things to be tied up tidily, but it failed to live up to its potential. I think it failed to retain the emotional significance it could've had if she'd managed it more neatly.
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