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Well Written, but Lacking Verisimilitude,
This review is from: Rules of Civility: A Novel (Hardcover)
The story is explained above, so I won't cover that territory . . .
The biggest issue: I had a hard time believing that the narrator was a young twenty five year old woman in New York. It was also not credible as being told by an older woman in retrospect/ flashback either. Actually, none of the female characters reflected the convincing thoughts, emotions, dialogue and behavior that a woman would have likely felt or displayed- regardless of the era. There was some level of emotional disconnect in the characters as well . . . not sure if the author intended to do that; I would think that because it was first person, you would identify in some way with Katey as the narrator. Alas, I could not "get into her head" because there were so many obstacles to me believing that a woman actually thinks this way, feels this way, behaves this way . . .
The other thing that drove me crazy- the wittiness of the author and repartee of some of the other characters . . . it was overkill and also seemed too slick for something to spontaneously roll right off in the dialogue. I felt like the author saw too many movies from the golden age of hollywood and tried to impart that atmosphere, and it was not successful . . . In fact, it was irritating.
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Initial post: Oct 12, 2011 5:37:26 PM PDT
I gave it one star, mostly for the reason you cite: Lack of believability of a female voice.
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