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Goya's Glass by Monika Zgustová
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Nov 10, 12

Read from October 13 to November 09, 2012


I was reading this book while overseeing "quiet time" at the group home where I work ocassionally. One boy, James, came out of his room for something, saw me reading and asked how I liked the book. I said, "I'm not enjoying it. The writing seems kind of forced."
"Oh´" James said, with some real sympathy, as if he 's encountered the same thing, "Like they're pressing down on the paper too hard...?"
Not exactly.
It is very disappointing. Few of the characters sound natural or act naturally. The novel is written in three parts, each concerning the life of a famous woman, The Duchess of Alba, Czech novelist Božena Nemcová, and Russian writer Nina Berberova. Only the final part on Berberova read naturally, and flowed organically without the looming presence of the writer. It actually made me want to read some of Berberova's works.
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