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The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
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Jun 24, 12

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The Enchanted April has a lot of the elements of books that I often love: a beautiful setting, charming characters, a meandering story, and a touch of romance. Yet, even with all of that, I finished it and felt a little bit dissatisfied. I couldn't figure out why until I realized that this book is chick lit, and I don't like chick lit. The fact that it was written and set in the 1920s and that is fairly well written initially hid that fact, but when you get right down to it, it's chick lit. Even though it is 85 year old it's got all of the characteristics of modern chick lit:



Characters who are stuck in a humdrum life and looking for excitement

An unexpected move to a faraway setting

Sudden and unbelievable changes of personality

Situations that wrap up just a little too neatly and conveniently

A happy ending for all without any complications



I didn't hate it, but I won't read it again. I won't seek out any more of Von Arnim's work, and I won't be recommending this one to other readers.
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