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VERY Unreliable Narrator,
This review is from: The Good House: A Novel (Hardcover)
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The front cover blurb says that "The Good House" by Ann Leary, is "wickedly funny" but I didn't find it to be so. Yes, it has some laughs; the very unreliable narrator, Hildy Good, has many amusing comments about living in a small New England town. Hildy knows everything about everyone because she's lived there all her life, and also because she's the town's most successful realtor.
But what lies underneath Hildy's portrayal of her life is dark and dangerous and she is trying very hard not to let others see it; in fact, she's refusing to see it herself. This darker part of the story is somber and serious and not a bit funny.
So if you want a funny lark of a read, I don't think this is for you. If you are up for something with more serious underpinnings, then be sure to give "The Good House" a try.
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Initial post: Jan 12, 2013 2:19:10 PM PST
Posted on Mar 3, 2013 12:44:42 PM PST
Avid Reader says:
nice review. I agree with your comment about this not being a funny book--the book flap indicates it's a "darkly comic novel," and it's not, at all. It's well written, and I actually liked that Hildy was extremely unreliable as a narrator. But I caution the reader--trust what the reviewer here notes: "the story is somber and serious and not a bit funny." I think the publisher did the author a bit of a disservice with that jacket flap blurb. But the book is worth reading--the experience just may be different from what you're expecting, if you go by the jacket summary.
Posted on Apr 21, 2013 5:09:27 AM PDT
K. W. Reeves says:
Cannot agree with you about Hildy. She's unreliable because she is drunk, making this a very reliable picture of a functioning alcoholic. The reader should pick up on those clues. After all, Hildy told us in the beginning how "to read" someone. Notice she tells us about events more than once, because she seems to have "forgotten" that she has already told us? I think it is a masterful portrait, wickedly funny and sad about an intelligent, passionate woman who self-medicates her unfulfilled life.
In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2014 9:46:36 AM PDT
Steven Mason says:
Isn't "dark comedy" supposed to be somewhat disturbing? Although, when I hear "wickedly funny," I would normally expect a lot of laughs.
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