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Absent in the Spring by Mary Westmacott
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Feb 20, 12

bookshelves: adult-fiction, library, 1000-b4-40
Read from February 14 to 19, 2012

Jane, the main character, finds herself stranded at a desert rest house waiting for a train and has nothing to do. Most of the book is her thinking about her life and reflecting on her family. And, as usually happens when one is left to one's own mind for any length of time, her idea of herself and her life slowly falls apart. I think this kind of plot, anything to do with the mind and our perceptions of ourselves, is fascinating.

The downfall of the book was that Jane is a tiresome, old, boring, unlikable person. Being inside her head for the entire book was a terrible experience and I could barely keep up with reading because of how much I disliked her. I found the writing to be sloppy as well. And I also find it hard to believe that someone could be so deluded in her idea of herself as Jane was.
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