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Conceit by Mary Novik
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Jul 12, 2011

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Conceit is a good summer read light but still intriguing. That being said this feels like two separate books. One half is the twilight years the poet John Donne mixed in with the memories of the courting of his wife, Ann and the burgeoning adulthood of his daughter, Pegge. Once he dies though the focus is switched to Pegge and her husband, William Bowles focusing on their relationship. I really liked that all the characters were flawed in some way but it felt under developed. There was more to each story then what Mary Novik was letting on. There was also strange character snippets like Mr. Pepys, who was in one scene to translate a book, got an entire chapter on how he loved his wife but had affairs and was impotent then was never heard from again. I think I would have liked this book better if it was either the John and Ann Donne story or just the Pegge story but I still liked it as a whole.

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Reading Progress

July 12, 2011 – Started Reading
July 12, 2011 – Shelved
July 12, 2011 –
page 120
Finished Reading
July 14, 2011 –
page 173
July 14, 2011 –
page 187
July 16, 2011 –
page 317
July 17, 2011 –
page 367

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