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Friday 5 July 2019
Thursday 4 July 2019
I really appreciated the honest look at ageing in this book - the struggle with the onset of Alzheimer's, called Agnes the thief - and that Meissner chose to end the book realistically
with Meissner creating a way to have the characters reconnect before one of them dies; for me, that added to the story, not detracted from it.
Mariko's story became lost and blurred as the story progressed, maybe the author intended that to reflect the loss and disconnect Elise was feeling and going through (?). I wasn't really that interested in Mariko by the end of the book.
The story has more romancy-schmancy than I like in a fiction book - why kissing, and a honeymoon night seems to require an explanatory and descriptive dialogue beats me - perhaps the best way to pigeonhole this would be "clean romance with a sensual undertone". The romance was a bit too pat; and, the marriages, especially the way the author line up the second marriage, just felt a bit off. For me, those things detracted from the story.
Extra: Meissner doesn't shy from having an attempted rape in this story and has dealt with it as non-gratuitously as I think she could have, almost euphemistically.
Wednesday 3 July 2019
Tuesday 2 July 2019
I really appreciate it that the Brunetti family is a loving and functional one and will be trying another of Leon's books at some stage.
Extra: One slant the author tossed into the book was having Brunetti ‘knowing’ that prayer is useless; “Dear Jesus, keep my children from harm.” He knew it was the worst form of superstition, he knew there was no sense to it and no chance that it could help” <snip> he knew that prayer was useless. And then Leon added a few good digs at the Catholic Church so I went hunting to get a sense of why she would do that: and found this interview with Anna Mundow, which I think answers my wondering pretty succinctly. (Refer to Donna Leon’s answer to question three:
The number beside each book is my personal rating for the book, or audiobook, at the time of reading with the range being:
(1) = would not recommend,
(2) = some interesting aspects but not one of my recommended reads,
(3) = would recommend.
(4) = Really good, enjoyable, (or worthy) read, would definitely recommend
(5) = Excellent book, highly recommend