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Innocence by Penelope Fitzgerald
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Dec 04, 2010

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This was a difficult book to get a handle on in many ways. I did enjoy it, although I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to, or as much as I did the Golden Child - which was the last Penelope Fitzgerald I read. I'm not sure what her "point" would be if there was one. I can't believe that it's just a story about a crumbling Italian family, with their bizarre history of dwarfism and mutilation, nor about a pair of rather ill matched lovers. Penelope Fitzgerald feels like one of those authors that must be making some point - and that the story is just a means to it - with this novel I don't know what that point is. One review I read suggets that it is that life seldom turns out as you might expect - hmm not sure that isn't too simple. The characters, I found, were difficult to care about - in fact I'm not sure I did at all - with the exception of Barney the marvelous English friend, the characters are a bit flat - which added to my feeling that they were merely showing us (the reader) something more. But what ever that might be I obviously didn't get it. I was relieved to see - by looking at Amazon that i am not the only one who hasn't "got it" which makes me feel a bit better.
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message 1: by Cecily (new) - added it

Cecily Ross I am reading this right now and I agree with a lot of what you say. It is a strange novel. Half way through I still feel lost, no idea where it's going. Julian Barnes recently wrote an essay about it in the Guardian, which I plan to retread when I finish. More then...

message 2: by Ali (new) - added it

Ali :) good luck. some of her other books I have enjoyed.

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