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The Love of My Youth by Mary Gordon
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Jun 06, 2011

it was ok
Read from June 06 to 08, 2011

I loved certain parts of this books, but I agree completely with whoever said that they couldn't tell who was speaking during the long conversation between the two main characters. The scenes from their youth were more compelling. It resonated for me because I was in highscool and college in the late sixties, early seventies. Those scenes really did evoke the feelings and experiences of my own young self. Someone who reviewed the book on Goodreads commented that maybe she needed to wait until she was sixty to read the book. Maybe she'd appreciate it then. I assured her that I was sixty and it didn't work for me. I don't think I know anyone who speaks the way these characters did. Long speeches, little personality, really annoying and confusing. The setting is Rome and I wanted to love the place, to feel as though I were there, but too often I felt I could have been in a park or restaurant anywhere.

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