Wheeler's Reviews > The Paying Guests

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
Rate this book
Clear rating

by
28537122
's review

did not like it
bookshelves: first-reads

The Paying Guests, despite the critical acclaim, is nothing more than an extremely bloated exercise in supposedly literary fiction.
At 564 pages, big pages, it’s a door stop and a slog and a bore. Really, The Paying Guests could be 150 pages and not lose a single thing. Around page 260, something actually happened. The first thing of any real substance.
Any real plot developments in The Paying Guests are overshadowed by the endless parade of bloated thoughts from the narrator. The bloated thoughts aren’t interesting or engaging. Rather, they’re pointless drivel.
The book is a period piece, it speaks to a certain time and it might actually carry some great weight about the status of women in a patriarchic society. It might, but I don’t know because all of the worthless words bogged it down so far that I ceased to care a long, long time ago.
The paying guests is not worth reading, or buying. Maybe an abridged version would carry less real weight and more of the metaphorical kind. I can only hope.

This book was received, free of charge, from the Goodreads First Reads program. All quotes come from an uncorrected proof for limited distribution and may, or may not, reflect the final copy. Just don’t know!
5 likes · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read The Paying Guests.
Sign In »

Reading Progress

August 5, 2014 – Shelved
August 5, 2014 – Shelved as: first-reads
August 5, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
September 6, 2014 – Started Reading
September 6, 2014 –
page 60
10.64%
September 7, 2014 –
page 270
47.87% "Almost nothing has yet happened."
September 8, 2014 –
page 476
84.4%
September 9, 2014 – Finished Reading

No comments have been added yet.