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Instances of the Number 3 by Salley Vickers
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Jan 11, 2009

did not like it
Read in January, 2009

Throughout my reading of this book I fought the feeling that I didn't want to finish it, but kept at it in the hope that something interesting would come of it. This did not happen. The premise is that 3 is an unstable number (the holy trinity aside) and circumstances in our lives involving 3 people are to be especially complicated. The trinity in this book is the wife, mistress and favored prostitute of a dead man. This may sound interesting, but the story is quite dull and its telling often like something that would come out of a high school creative writing class. The biggest criticism I have is that there are a number of circumstances in which the reader is supposed to understand how a character would feel or react, yet the characters are insufficiently developed for the reader to make these connections.

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