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The Garrick Year by Margaret Drabble
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Nov 20, 2011

it was ok

I am a great fan of Margaret Drabble, and have read and enjoyed many of her books over the years. But I missed one early book, "The Garrick Year," and read it recently. Too bad for me! The Emma character in this book is a real pain -- self-centred, resentful of the two young children she has had, and full of so many class and gender hangups that she sets out to have an affair, but can never really make it happen -- until it is really over in her own mind. Now a negative character can still make for a grand novel, but it doesn't in this case. Too much of the book revolves around Emma, and she never really comes to terms with her situation -- and the characters around her lack any very vivid definition. There are, I guess, books you read that are first very tentative steps to later excellence -- this is one of those.

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