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message 1: by Mary Lou (new)

Mary Lou I'll be interested to see what I think (when I get around it), though I liked A God in Ruins.


message 2: by Canadian (last edited Sep 28, 2018 09:05AM) (new)

Canadian Mary Lou wrote: "I'll be interested to see what I think (when I get around it), though I liked A God in Ruins."

Mary Lou, I’ve always loved her books, but I would not have known this was hers had I been given the text without the author’s name.

You may like it, but I feel I’ve lost my taste for her work. I’ve noted that a few Goodreads friends have also stated their disappointment in this book.


message 3: by Inken (new)

Inken I've never managed to finish anything by Atkinson


message 4: by Canadian (new)

Canadian Inken wrote: "I've never managed to finish anything by Atkinson"
Wow. That’s something. Do you recall what the problem was?


message 5: by Trudie (new)

Trudie We certainly agree on those sardonic asides - too many ! ( also those italicised echos ) ! sardonic asides, asides


message 6: by Canadian (new)

Canadian Trudie wrote: "We certainly agree on those sardonic asides - too many ! ( also those italicised echos ) ! sardonic asides, asides "

Trudie, thanks for the comment. I am surprised by Atkinson’s failure to create a convincing young woman—something she was adept at doing in the past. There’s something farcical about this whole effort. I appreciate knowing that someone else who’s read and enjoyed her earlier work was not impressed with this.


Jerrie (redwritinghood) My hold for this just came in at the library, but I’ve seen so many mediocre reviews that I’m not sure I want to waste my time reading it. I’m surprised as I liked Life After Life so much.


message 8: by Canadian (new)

Canadian Jerrie (redwritinghood) wrote: "My hold for this just came in at the library, but I’ve seen so many mediocre reviews that I’m not sure I want to waste my time reading it. I’m surprised as I liked Life After Life so much."
I liked Life After Life, too, Jerrie—as well as her earlier Behind the Scenes at the Museum, Human Croquet, and Case Histories. This didn’t even seem like Atkinson to me. I’d say give it a brief try. I think you’ll know quite quickly if you like it or not. Part of me wants to go back and try one of her earlier (loved) books to see if something has just drastically changed inside of me, but Trudie has had a very similar response to this book . . . So I’m thinking, maybe it isn’t just me.


message 9: by Rose (new)

Rose I'm going to be reading this at some point, so I'll let you know what I think, but "fluffy and flippant" doesn't sound promising.


message 10: by Canadian (new)

Canadian Rose wrote: "I'm going to be reading this at some point, so I'll let you know what I think, but "fluffy and flippant" doesn't sound promising."
Knowing you, Rose, I suspect you’ll persist, while I bailed. I’ll be interested in your response when you get to the book. Atkinson has always been preoccupied with WWII, but her protagonist here is un-Atkinsonian. Perhaps she was “trying something new”. I just couldn’t bear the idea of another 150 pages of Juliet. Don’t get me started on the parenthetical asides. A very bad tic or indulgence. Completely unfunny.


message 11: by Barbara (new)

Barbara I actually liked this a lot. I know what you mean about Juliet's casual attitude but I will say that later we learn she was anything but that. It is a very low key approach to the war but I decided to go with it. I plan to reread some Atkinson that I didn't like the first time around. I think I went in with different expectations.


message 12: by Canadian (new)

Canadian Barbara wrote: "I actually liked this a lot. I know what you mean about Juliet's casual attitude but I will say that later we learn she was anything but that. It is a very low key approach to the war but I decided..."
That’s great, Barbara. Good to know it was worth your while, but I disliked it so much I can’t imagine returning to it. Atkinson no longer casts a spell on me. I doubt I’d be eager to read anything further from her. I suspect I’ve simply changed as a reader. I found this terribly, boringly clunky.


message 13: by Barbara (new)

Barbara I understand how a writer can turn you off. I have my own short list of writers who I really really dislike. And that’s it for me.


message 14: by Mandy (new)

Mandy I have just this minute reached one-third! And guess what? That's enough....Definitely not up to her usual standard.


message 15: by Canadian (new)

Canadian Mandy wrote: "I have just this minute reached one-third! And guess what? That's enough....Definitely not up to her usual standard."
I hear you, but am surprised, too, as you are usually so much better than I am at soldiering on. Looking back, I tend to see this as a far too effortful work. You can see the author's research and feel the whole thing creaking or lurching along . . . I wonder if Atkinson was terribly frustrated writing it. It feels very forced.


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