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message 1: by Susan (new)

Susan The senior doctor's long soliloquies are so didactic! And I agree with you about the love scene: it was smug. The narrator seems to love all the characters too much.


message 2: by Clare (new)

Clare Cannon Yes, nothing really grabbed me about this book...


message 3: by Yelda (new)

Yelda Basar Moers Clare I agree with you 100 percent! I was quite disappointed in this novel. I was wondering if I was losing my literary sensibilities, but then I read your review. As I said in my review, I found the main character as likable and interesting as a lamppost. Painfully dull at best! Plus, the plot didn't move forward. What were all these critics clamoring about???


message 4: by Becky (new)

Becky Clare, I am in whole-hearted agreement. You have put in words my exact sentiments. I was troubled by the sexual encounter between friends finding it completely unncessary. Honestly, I didn't finish reading the book. I read about 75% and skimmed the end.


message 5: by Kim (new)

Kim Becky-you didn't miss a thing.


message 6: by Joanne (new)

Joanne Tingle I am happy to see this review as I felt I was alone with my opinion about this book. I didn't have a problem with the writing as I did with the plot and the character development. Every now and then I dislike a book that has been highly praised but its nice to know I am not alone!


message 7: by Vicki (new)

Vicki You should have said that your review contained spoilers, which it did I am 55% through the book and now i know the old doctor is pregnant and that the young doctor will have sex with a man she rescues.


message 8: by Clare (new)

Clare Cannon Apologies Vicki, I've hidden the spoilers.


message 9: by Vicki (last edited Nov 27, 2012 07:24PM) (new)

Vicki No problem. I wasn't that into the book so far anyway. That was why I was looking at reviews to see if it gets better. I have to finish it by tomorrow night for my book club and am having a hard time getting it done...


message 10: by James (new)

James Thanks for your review. I am half-way through the novel and have already lost interest for reasons similar to yours. These characters are not interesting enough to make all the discussions of insects bearable.


message 11: by Don (new)

Don Scardino I disagree 100%. The writing was extremely evocative, illuminating a very foreign emotional landscape in luminous prose. I believed totally in the hearts and souls of all these characters. First-rate in every way. Clare's writing on the other hand sounds like a studio reader's coverage report. This is why Ms. Patchett writes extraordinary journeys of human experience and Clare writes churlish reviews on social media websites. To all I say: judge for yourself and READ THIS WONDERFUL BOOK!


message 12: by Sophia (new)

Sophia Kugeares Thank you, Don. I was gripped by the story and elegant writing style within the first 20 pages, something very rare for me. Im leading the book discussion in my group on this, and can't wait! So eager now to read Bel Canto.


message 13: by Ellen (new)

Ellen Johansen I agree. Awful book, very manipulative in an awkward way.


message 14: by Tracie (new)

Tracie Thank you, thank you to all who actually finished this book and spoke truth! I just keep waiting to care about ONE character, other than Easter, but it is simply not happening. Whoever said that Ms. Patchett has a fabulous publicist is spot-on. Life is too short to waste any more time on this book. Spoilers deeply appreciated!


message 15: by Laureen (new)

Laureen Couldn't agree more Clare. The giant snake scene waslaughable.


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