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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore
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Sep 25, 11

bookshelves: fiction
Read in September, 2011

I'm willing to accept that I just wasn't in the mood for this; everyone seems to love the book to death except me. I thought it was decent, but given the choice between this and Richard Yates, I'll take Yates, who picks up most of the same themes (see: title of this book, except for the religious faith crisis type thing) but just puts his sentences together more effectively. It may also be that I just dislike novels that take place by and large in boarding houses; I was similarly unmoved by Hamilton's Slaves of Solitude. Although that, too, might have been a mood thing. I suspect I should have read Judith when I read Slaves and vice versa. Such are the contingencies that govern book reviews. Anyway, this is smart, compassionate and ironic all at once. Worth a shot.


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