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The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
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Jul 20, 2009

liked it
bookshelves: fiction, read-more-than-once
Recommended to Donna by: I wish I could remember
Recommended for: people who don't mind being depressed
Read in July, 2009 , read count: 2


As I was reading this book I had NO IDEA that I had read it before. I remembered nothing. Then when I found this review from 2009 I had NO IDEA that I had written it. You know what, my review is exactly correct: it starts out as an uplifting book and then descends to a real depressing story. Maybe that's why I put it completely out of my mind. COMPLETELY.

I had the strangest experience with this book. I started it at night and read about half of what I thought was an engaging story of one woman's fight against the obstinate thinking of her community in her struggle to open a bookstore. When I picked it up in the morning it became a sad sort of commentary on how the bad guys won. I wonder if my reaction to this would have been different if I had read it all the way through at once. At first I was angry at how my nice uplifting story had taken such a downturn. Upon reflection I see that this may just be the story of "everyman" and that great things happening to good people may be the exception rather than the rule.

Try reading this in one sitting (it's a quick read) and see what you think.
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Susanne Clower I just chose this for my bookclub. I've read it before and I do remember it being rather bleak.

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Rita Donna, I have had the same experience, reading a book twice without realizing it... I read that Fitzgerald had quite some years of misery because of her husband being alcoholic. That might have influenced her take on life...
I have yet to read one of her books, but will soon.

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