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Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy
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Aug 11, 2011

did not like it
Read in August, 2011

To be frank, I didn't finish this book; after a point, I simply stopped caring what happened to any of the characters. The book is a collection of short stories each narrated from the perspective of at least two characters. While I do love stories with multiple perspectives, they make sense only when these perspectives converge to give the original situation more depth and clarity. However, here the author seems to simply follow a set pattern as if writing a school assignment where the key word is 'St. Ann's at Whitethorn woods'. In most of the stories, St. Ann and Rossmore appear as forced insertions obstructing the natural flow (if any existed)of narration. The language doesn't leave much scope for imagination nor do the characters. Sadly, the book was a gift from a very dear friend and I would have loved to love it as much as she did.

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