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The Great Lenore by J.M. Tohline
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Aug 04, 11

Read from July 09 to August 02, 2011

To be completely honest, a lot of this book irritated/frustrated me. There was some repetition of phrases and some characterization that I didn't quite enjoy - especially of Lenore herself, who is constantly described as being perfect without ever truly justifying that description with her actions.

That being said, this book was incredible. I found myself engrossed in the unraveling mystery, completely fascinated by this obscenely wealthy First-World setting and its utterly believable characters, without the usual feelings of disgust for whiny rich people. Each reveal was more powerful than the last, and at the end, this book left me with a subtle nagging feeling - the kind of feeling one experiences when reading authors like Virginia Woolf or Ernest Hemingway. In fact, this novel is written much like a more palatable Hemingway novel, and very much employs his "theory of omission", which is to say, J.M. Tohline does not make the truth of his novel apparent. Instead it dwells subtly beneath the surface, waiting to creep into your thoughts and take up residence there for the rest of your life.

Read this book. Stop reading reviews, just read it. It's worth it.

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Renee I felt the same way- frustrated with some of the dialogue and the character development of Lenore. I was also frustrated with why Richard was so involved with those he had just met and didn't really know. That being said, I was drawn in enough to not put this book down and see how this tangled web unraveled.

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