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Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
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Jan 14, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: in-my-library, chick-lit, historical-fiction, pretentious, midwest-setting, european-setting
Read from August 31 to October 30, 2012

I'm not sure just what to call this piece of historical fiction: an unconventional romance? an unsuccessful feminist's manifesto? a cautionary tale on adultery and divorce? Whichever, there is not a single badly constructed sentence in this book. Unfortunately though, very few of these sentences could I grab onto and feel anything strongly for. As I said earlier in my status updates, there is no joy in this book, just pain, loss, and disillusionment. Less than halfway through, I just wanted it to be over. I found myself doing something I seldom do, taking a break to read 2 other books. This helped, actually, because I was able to then tackle this story with a fresh mind. I still didn't like it all that much, but at least I wasn't TIRED of not liking it.

It doesn't surprise me that this book is highly regarded. It has a literary quality that cannot be denied. Nancy Horan is a master of the English language, but to paraphrase another goodreads reviewer, this book was just not built for me.
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09/01/2012 page 42
11.0% 2 comments
09/08/2012 page 171
44.0% "I'm growing weary."
10/25/2012 page 257
66.0% 4 comments
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Denise I am wondering how this book is so far? I have seen it and a friend of mine said she picked this one up and couldn't wait to read it.

Janine Flood I'm not enjoying it quite as much as I hoped I would. It's very well written, that cannot be argued, but there is something about the 3rd person narration that feels "removed" from the subject at hand. At first I didn't feel that way, but now I do. Trudging forward.

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Denise Good luck, maybe it will all come together and it will end well. I too have been struggling through the last few books that sounded so good. But I have a rule that I finish all books! so you win some and you loose some.

Cheryl Lovely review, Janine. Your thoughts mirror mine a bit.

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