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Blindspot: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle) Paperback – December 29, 2009
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Given my predilections, I knew that I would enjoy the book even if it was not so great. Fortunately, it really was tremendous fun and I enjoyed the book even more than I anticipated I would. From my perspective, the book is a lark and can therefore be forgiven some of the shortcomings in weightiness that some other reviewers have objected to. While it touches upon some complex themes from American history (slavery, class, disempowerment of women), the novel does not set out to change the world or even to offer serious food for thought on these issues, which provide a context for the main story line rather than a foundation for it. Rather, the novel is primarily a love story, and this love story, in the best Shakespearian tradition, features cross dressing and mistaken identity. The most enjoyable part of the book is the cat-and-mouse play between the disguised woman and her libertine love interest before her true identity is revealed. Because he swings both ways and she makes a comely lad, he is burning with desire for her even as she lusts after him. Needless to say, this ardent desire is teased out in a number of steamy scenes before climax is finally reached.Read more ›
To be more specific, this book is far too long, too predictable, too studiedly purple, and, above all, too coy by more than half to be enjoyable. Also - though I'm not supposed to point the numerous errata out in an ARC, there is one erratum I hope was duly corrected - that of the dog Gulliver's being in two places at once at one point in the narrative. Since Gulliver is apparently based on one author's own dog, one can only hope that she caught this canine violation of the time-space continuum.
What else to say? Oh yes, if you must needs read fiction of this sort, READ THE REAL THING: Tom Jones, The Adventures of Roderick Random, even Shamala (mentioned herein) are far, far more engaging reads then this very silly book. - Two stars, but only because I fully admit to being a sap for anyone who quotes at length one of my favourite thinkers, David Hume.
Now, I shall sit back and wait for the "unhelpful" votes to roll in, probably some spiteful comments too, I shouldn't wonder.
The plot: Although Jameson is romantically inclined towards men, he finds physical satisfaction best with women. His unwitting seducer is Weston/Easton, who cannot deny her attraction to her employer, despite the danger it presents to her station.
What of slavery, taxation, politics, religion, hypocrisy, the essence of freedom for women, slaves and Americans and the competing requirements of independence and privilege? All of those themes are present in the novel, along with rich historical detail. But they are window dressing. This is a historical romance novel for intellectuals, no matter how well-dressed. Amazon's official reviewers call this "embarrassingly purple". Indeed, there are places where you blush, not only from graphic descriptions of sex but from the language. "Vulgar" may be the better word in some instances.
But I couldn't put this down for two days. The authors created characters whom you rooted for or at least wanted to stay with until you found out if you they got what they deserved. Some of it was heart-breaking- particularly at the end- and at the end you're left wondering if you're looking at the happiest of all endings or the beginning of a tragedy. But that only makes the characters stay with you more. And... some of that purple prose is really well done.
You won't want to put this down.
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