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Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison
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Jul 04, 2012

did not like it
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I read about 60 pages of this book and then gave up. I love love love Romanov stories, but this one is terrible.

The author writes in a meandering tone and shifts the setting of what's currently going on without warning. At one point you're reading the narrator's thoughts, then she randomly goes back in time, and then we're back in the present. There are no signifiers that this is happening, and it is really wearing.

I agree with the other reviewers who said the author tries much too hard to be "literary," writing in flowy language that's supposed to impress us. I can think of a multitude of other books that the author manages to write in a "literary," descriptive fashion, yet keeps me (very) interested. See Alex George's "A Good American."

The other problem with this book is that, 60 pages in, I realized I had no idea where the plot was going. It was just 60 pages of...nothing happening. Occasionally Masha would talk to Alexei, but it was so sudden and they were best friends, and we had no clue how that happened. I looked to the book jacket again to inform me of where this plot was supposed to be going, but literally all the book jacket says is that "Masha entertains Alexei with imaginative stories." Well, if that's all I'm supposed to be reading for 300+ pages, I'm good, no thank you. I like a little plot to my novels. Further, in those 60 pages I read, I don't think she told him one story.
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Kiwiflora I am on page 80, struggling...will persevere as I have to do a review of it...

Celestem Ditto!

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