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The Beach House by Jane Green
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Aug 07, 11

Read in August, 2011

Beware the beginning of this book. All it is is a cavalcade of human shortcomings and miseries, sicknesses of the modern era. As you no doubt can guess if you've read more than 2 of these types of books, everyone sorts out in the end. There isn't enough focus on one character that you can more or less use as a guide through the trainwrecks of the others' lives, since the focus keeps bouncing around. It's dizzying and schozophrenic, and not much is presented to make you feel that these characters are real people. each of their salient points can be summarized in a short bullet list and that's pretty much it. Oddly, the author skimps on the setting descriptors too; if Nantucket is such a magical place, why don't we see more of it? Why is the house merely mentioned as a few rooms and a yard? This story could have used some warmth of life introduced to it to make it seem more like a picture in the lives of a group of connected people and less as a shopping list of chick-lit must-haves.

Not really looking forward to reading the other book by this person I have on my list.

P.S. DEATH TO PRESENT TENSE STORYTELLING.
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Bluelily3 Ha, ha. Death to present tense storytelling! So right. And you were right about how she didn't describe Windermere that great either. You know she can do it, since she describes other houses in the book down to the curtains!


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