I have come to view the villagers of Three Pines as friends and it is good to hear from them once again. An interesting and very satisfying story.
If you are hooked on this series, this story will not disappoint. There is more "back-story" than most of his other books, but it is easy to get charmed by the remarkable Marco.
I thought I would give JK Rowling a try in a different genre. Overall, I'm glad I did. The book has interesting characters and I found myself caring for them and wondering what was going to happen next. Our main protagonist gathers his information by interviewing a host of people. By the end he is able to sort through misdirections and lies, but the process of paying close attention to interview after interview strained my attention especially when driving. I'll give book two a try.
Levingston tells the true story of a murder at a time when psychology was just beginning to emerge into a separate discipline. There are many historical figures of interest, such as Charcot. The story holds its suspense. Very satisfying.
Nabakov is a master with words and he can weave a scene with exquisite detail. But then you could say this about all of his work. It was interesting to learn of his early life and which events he chose to reveal (and by omission, those he chose not to tell). Certainly worthwhile if you are familiar with his work and want to know more about the man.
And I am one of them. This does not rank with the best of his work, but he has set a mighty high bar.
The author mixes real science that is way above my head with fanciful science that might one day be real. At some point, all the science became unintelligible to me. I found this distracting though the premise of the story was interesting and compelling at times.
Graham Greene is a master story teller. His words are delicious and nuanced. Savor them slowly.
OK. I did want to know what happened in the end...but there are just too many negatives to give this book a thumbs up. Unbelievable characters, unanswered questions, poor plot design and very bad psychology. You are warned!
You are in the hands of a wonderful writer. And he characters are sharper drawn. But I found myself wishing that this marathon of a book would simply come to an end. (Was Tartt paid by the word?) I read the other reviews which were glorious. I simply was not bowled over.
I recently saw the painting of the Goldfinch displayed at The Frick in NYC. It gave me a better appreciation of the book.
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