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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm...Not Into These Characters..., November 8, 2012
This review is from: Prosperous Friends (Hardcover)
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Prosperous Friends
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Christine Schutt

My" in a nutshell" summary...

This is a book about two rather odd dysfunctional couples...their lives and their loves.

My thoughts after reading this book...

Whew...this is a beautifully written book with stark truths and character studies. This is the kind of book that I love...and yet...this book and its characters...though exquisite in their oddities...did not appeal to me at all! OMG...my dislike for these characters was fierce. The first couple...Nick and Isabel...were just sad and pathetic...mismatched? They never seemed to find a true connection. And the second older couple...Clive and Dinah...oh my goodness...Clive didn't even like his daughter let alone his wife...and his attraction for Isabel was just plain weird. This short novel bounced all over the globe...England, NYC, Maine...with Nick and Isabel floundering with their lives, careers, writings...wherever they went.

What I loved about this book...

This author packed tons into this short little book. She writes beautiful and lovely sentences. I loved her words without loving the book.

What I did not love...

Unfortunately I strongly disliked these characters and their lives...I could not get past their wastefulness...of time, talent, people...the situations with Isabel and the mouse and dog were just creepy. I particularly did not like Isabel...at all...she seemed passive...lost...pathetic.

Final thoughts...

I was not able to engage with these characters but that did not stop me from reading and finishing this book. And if you are drawn to dysfunction and characters you like to puzzle over...you should not pass this book by!
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