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Points for imagination, but it didn't really work for me,
This review is from: Mr. Chartwell: A Novel (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Program (What's this?)As other reviewers have said, this book is about depression, characterized as a black dog that invites himself into peoples' lives, charms them into letting him stay, and then refuses to leave when things get bad. The story is centered around two people who are touched by Black Pat, the dog/depression: Winston Churchill, and Esther, a librarian at the House of Commons. Esther's husband also knew the dog, and ultimately took his own life. Esther is in danger of falling under his spell. And he's been Churchill's companion for years.
It's an imaginative book, for certain. And quirky. And off-beat. But it really didn't work for me. Instead of being an enjoyable read that I would look forward to, it felt like something I had to slog through, and it took me almost two weeks to finish. There are plenty of people who loved it, though, so I'm not worried that it won't be well-received. It just wasn't my cup of tea.