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I have read over 100 books in the past year and this was the first one I did not finish.
The sex is supposed to be what sets Smiley's book apart and makes it so daring, but I found much of it just boring and certainly no reason to recommend it.
I just dont particularly like these characters & am not sure I really needed to know anything about them.
Oh Jane Smiley, you have disappointed me. . .
As you may know I recently reviewed Tell All by Chuck Palahniuk and was thoroughly disappointed because usually I love his... Read more
I'm stopping now. So glad I didn't buy this book but picked it up at my library. I have loved every Jane Smiley book I have ever read until I got to this one. Read morePublished 3 months ago by T. Wright
This time in March 2014 with Academy Award gala awkward as Woody Allen's story and Oprah snubbing even as Russia rolled into Ukraine made many of us think of Smiley's writing. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Laurel A. Lawrence
I just finished reading the book, which I read in fix or six sessions over the past month, as time permitted. In fact, I chose to not rush reading through the novel. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Vesna Rafaty
Smiley is a captivating writer. This book is a joy to read, the precise characterizations, the descriptiveness, the cataloguing of the character's inner thought, the delicious,... Read morePublished 19 months ago by beren
Look, she's a trained writer so one doesn't want to give her the lowest possible rating, but this book is as self-indulgent as its characters. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Lucky Reader
I must begin by saying I usually LOVE Jane Smiley's books and have quite a collection. I was so excited to get this book, and kept saving it for a time when I could read it through... Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by Gardenia 15
I have read over 100 books in the past year and this was the first one I did not finish. I certainly gave it enough of a chance though, only throwing in the towel on page 304. Read morePublished on February 10, 2012 by Andrew F. Taylor
This review is being written by Derek's wife, J.E. Having mildly enjoyed Smiley's "Thousand Acres", I picked up this book in the final days of the Borders going out of business... Read morePublished on November 9, 2011 by Derek Ealy