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Pure by Andrew Miller
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May 10, 12

Read from April 29 to May 08, 2012

Perhaps a little too 'literary' for my tastes, I didn't ever feel truly engaged throughout my entire reading of Pure.

I didn't feel that the reader was given enough of a chance to get to know the characters, and the Heloise was the only one I felt was given enough back story to really have true motivations which allowed my to understand her actions. The other personalities seem to just have things happen to them, and do things just because it will serve some purpose to move the plot along, rather than because of their own reasoning. Jean-Baptiste I could get along with at first - when he was a country man moving to the city - but from about half-way through the novel I felt he just got lost. Perhaps that was the author's intent, what with the theme of madness, but it didn't feel that way.

This is the sort of book that I have no doubt would be excellent for pulling apart in an english literature class, but for me, as an individual reader, it all just fell a little flat. The rather luscious language was only of the only things that kept me going. Miller does have a talent for elegant prose, which helped to keep me reading whenever I lost interest in the plot.
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04/30/2012 page 29
8.0% "Not my usual sort of book, but thought it'd be good to try and branch out..."
05/05/2012 page 163
48.0% "Think I'm finally getting into this, after a shaky start."
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message 1: by Guy (new) - rated it 2 stars

Guy Portman Good points. I was also disappointed by Pure. Have you read any other Miller books?


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