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Spadework by Timothy Findley
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it was ok
bookshelves: ho-hum

Full of promise and poor performance would be my summary.

Riddled with meaningless italics and product placements would be another: wine, soups, cigarettes. Over and over again.

And clichés.

None of the characters seemed real. I felt lodged in a 1940's melodrama. And not a delicious Noel Coward play either.

The main character, Griffin, was unlikeable, selfish and a complete cad to his small son.

Jane was a la Scarlett O'Hara and her "affair" - if I could call it that - felt forced to counterbalance the activities of her husband.

Characters were under developed to put it kindly. There really was no evolution at all by the end of the book. Just these tied up ends and a reader left hanging: baffled and unsatisfied.

And all that drinking and smoking. Holy Hannah! Non-stop. Between the lack of hacking and falling down in drunken stupors I wonder about their constitutions.

And those murders? Hello? A significant thread was dropped there. Forever.

And keeping track of all the named characters - down to waiters and servers, seriously, even the chauffeur who had a sentence? Pointless. 520 pages of names, italics and product placements.
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Reading Progress

August 6, 2014 – Started Reading
August 6, 2014 – Shelved
August 8, 2014 – Shelved as: ho-hum
August 8, 2014 – Finished Reading

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