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Last Chance Saloon by Marian Keyes
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Jan 19, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: 2008, womens-fiction, fiction

I really enjoyed this book. The three main characters were believable and real, as were the secondaries, and even the tertiaries were well individuated. The plot was well crafted, and if not intricate, at least well woven. The exploration of human emotional damage, old and new, was very well done, and the parallel of physical suffering equally realistic and well done. I laughed out loud, I cried, I despaired and then hoped, I was angry and I forgave and moved on, along with the characters.

Interestingly, this book is written in omniscient 3rd person, and it works very well and sacrifices no intimacy with the characters, which just goes to show that those who think it's an archaic narrative voice and sounds old-fashioned, and hasn't been used "since Victorian days, when Jane Austen was writing" don't know what they're talking about (on more than one score) and may well have a personal bias in the matter.

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