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not all that great
on December 9, 2008
Having just finished " A Mercy" ,I can't honestly say that I understand some of the reviews.For me, it just wasn't that great. The book is a mishmash of some old, tired themes and writing styles coupled with some very interesting( and at times ludicrous) transitions between supposed "Period" writing,internal monologue( apparently she was attempting to "channel" Faulkner-I don't think he would have appreciated it)and present day verbalization.
Honestly- aren't we all just getting a little tired of the topics that she utilized? I was mesmerized by Beloved- the exquisitely "tight" writing, the absolute purity of her exploration of her theme- a brilliant novel written by a true artist. I bought this book expecting more- unfortunately, she didn't deliver.