Monthly Archives: March 2009

The Warden – Anthony Trollope

After watching the BBC adaptation, I decided to read the books. This is my first ever Trollope (I bought my copy from my local second hand bookshop ¬†for $3.50). I liked it – at least enough to consider reading the next one in the series (which I think is Barchester Towers). I didn’t expect so much authorial intervention – some good, some just time consuming – and I think I might not have been able to finish if the novel was any longer. Having said that, I did like it and I would recommend it.

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The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards

I finished! My first thought, like usual, is that it could have done some editing.

Kim Edwards is a beautiful writer. All of her senses are finely crafted. This is a very visual novel and there is an underlying metaphor of photography. Capturing the moment, but how each moment could be seen in a thousand different ways.

I found the final third of the novel disappointing. I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, but I was disappointed with how the threads of the story came together.

However, I will definitely read more of her work.

Oh and before I started I thought the Memory Keeper was Caroline Gill, but it turned out to be someone completely different …

I’ve just finished reading The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer and I’ll try to get my thoughts down soon.

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The Memory Keeper’s Daughter Update

I’m up to 1977 now – Paul and Phoebe are 13. I’m still struggling with David and Caroline’s decisions. However, the writing is beautiful – very visual almost poetic in her choice of words. Each chapter is written from a different point of view – Norah, David or Caroline – and the inner experience if each one is very well documented. I almost understand David’s decision (and perhaps by the end I will) and I can see Norah’s life slowly unravelling. Caroline (at this stage) seems to be the only one living a happy and fulfilling life (not without frustrations).

More later …

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