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Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
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Jan 22, 2012

did not like it
Read from January 22 to February 08, 2012

This was a Christmas gift, so I am reading it. I usually love PD James, but even though I made it past the synopsis of P&P and what happened since, it still feels really stilted & awkward. Gonna stick it out though.

OK I'm done, and it didn't get much better. The imitation of her style made me wonder how I could have voluntarily read Jane Austin, but I did, so PD James must be missing the spark. Whatever you call that point of view in a novel, kind of overhead, rationalizing, indirect- well, that's at odds with building up tension for a mystery plot.
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Marjorie I have rto say, as someone who enjoys Austen and regualarly re-reads her novels, I didn't feel that James came even close to imitating her style, except very, very briefly (in about 2 paragraphs out of the entiure book)

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