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- Print Length: 411 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 9, 2019)
- Publication Date: April 9, 2019
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07GD485T1
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,186 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Who the heck is Vivi? When you look at the back of the paperback it only mentions Athene and her daughter Suzanna and says nothing about anyone named Vivi. I am ONLY on page 51 and it's taken me most of two days to read this far. As a very avid reader, I can normally get 51 pages read very quickly. But with the strange characters who don't seem to match what they're talking about at the back of the book, it's very confusing trying to figure out what's going on so far.
It's just plain dull. I don't love all of Jojo Moyes's books to begin with, so that shouldn't surprise me. In fact, the title of her novel "Me Before You," which I read when it first came out, didn't even make sense since there was nothing in the book in regards to anything having to DO with the title of the novel. I never could figure out why that title exisited.
Jojo is not really a big favorite of mine so I'm not sure I'll ever read another of her books. But "The Peacock Emporium" is awful so far. Had I not spent $11 on the trade paperback (I noticed the price is much lower now) I wouldn't even finish this novel. But I hate wasting money so will trudge on through with this one.
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I haven't given up on a book for a very long time but I couldn't put myself through reading anymore of this one. My kindle informed me that I'm 51% of the way through the story and I can't face the next 49%. There are too many good books out there to waste my time reading this one.
The story jumps about too much, it's all over the place. More than once I had to check I'd not accidentally changed books, a new chapter can start with a totally new situation and totally new characters. Vivi was the only character I liked yet still not enough to care about what happens to her. I found it hard to care about any character as there were so many who were all having many pages and even chapters dedicated solely to them.
I feel that Jojo's has tried to be too fancy and flowery with her writing in this book. My mind wandered multiple times to the point where I was having to read multiple pages again to discover that I'd missed absolutely no story or character progression, no wonder my mind was wandering!
I really enjoyed Me Before You and will give Jojo's writing another go as I'm sure she can't have written too many books like this one.
Even a 'lesser' JoJo Moyes book is better than most others' best efforts, so in a way it is difficult to criticise. It is intelligently written and like most of her other books is complex and multi-layered, requiring total concentration from the reader and even going back and re-reading bits to make sure you didn't miss something somewhere. The main problem is that most of the characters, with the exception of Vivi and to some extent Jessie, are so unlikeable and dysfunctional that you want to slap them. Vivi you want to shake rather than slap, but at least you have some sympathy for her. By the end of the book and following the arc of development of the characters, you can understand why they are like they are, but it means a long wait and a lot of annoyance and exasperation on the part of the reader before you come to this understanding, and I'm not sure if it's worth the hours spent disliking almost everybody just to get to the end. Having said that, it must take a good deal of talent and confidence to write a book where the characters are mostly so unlikeable and annoying that there's a fair chance of alienating most of your readers. I can't say I enjoyed the book exactly, but I recognise that Ms Moyes is a very good writer. On balance I would rather have a book that is well written to the point where it makes me genuinely dislike most of the characters, than one where they are one dimensional and shallow and the writing is poor. But it is rather heavy going.
PS Edit. Thinking about it, there are some minor characters who are rather poignant and even likeable. The writer does poignant very well and it would have been good to hear more about those characters.
It is skilfully written - you really seem to share the angst suffered by the main character Suzanna as she sways between the loving family she feels she doesn't belong to or deserve, her husband, her deceased birth mother and the past and the new friends she makes at the Peacock Emporium.
The movement between past and present add mysteries to the narrative which are only revealed at the very end.
I had difficulty putting it down, it was moving and outstanding,
I will be reading more books that's for sure.
what, if any, was the connection with the baby's adoption in Argentina, and Aradne
Was she perhaps that child
What happened to Aradne's second child, was it born full term, did it live or die.
What happened to Suzanne and Alejander from the time when they met up again at the shop (Suzanne was going to Australia and did not want to get married) and the birth of their baby girl.
Were they living in Argentina, England, or even Australia at the time of the birth.
Did feel that having the portrait in the emporium on show meant that one of the "revelations" was somewhat puzzling.