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Time Was Soft There by Jeremy Mercer
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Jan 18, 12

Recommended to Rachael by: Nichole Funkey
Read from January 01 to 18, 2012, read count: 1

This book had all of the key ingredients for a memoir I'd love (a journalist living a in a Parisian bookstore), but I just couldn't enjoy the writer's style. Perhaps it is that Jeremy Mercer, the crime journalist, writes in such a frank and dry tone. I'm sure he's a fabulous writer of criminal journalism. I just wanted more from his friendship with George and I wanted more from his relationships with men and women during his time at Shakespeare & Co. I know he has a personality in there, but the memoir only allowed me to see his passionate moments of anger, not happiness, sadness, love, etc. I enjoyed the characters but their surface descriptions didn't cut it for me. I felt that if I had spent a week in the bookstore, I could have known as much about these characters as I read in this book. Not enough depth for my liking.

That being said, I'm glad I read this book after George's death back in December 2011. I know how the story really ends and that made for a tender last two chapters. I also enjoyed the subtle book and author recommendations found in this book, as George and other residents read in the bookstore.

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