From fat girl to thin, from red hair to mud brown, from London to Toronto, from Polish count to radical husband - Joan Foster is utterly confused by her life of multiple identities. She decides to escape to an Italian hill town to take stock of her life. But first, she must organise her own death
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I found the main character in this book to be shallow and self absorbed. It was very difficult for me to empathise with her and I did not understand many of the actions that she took.The main character is an author and there are parts in the book where she writes/reads the book she is currently working on. The books are costume gothics which I have no interest in at all and I found this a very annoying part of the novel as it interrupted the overall flow of the story. I kept listening hoping that the ending would tie the story together and allow me to finally understand the character, but it left me even more confused and very unsatisfied.
Based solely on this book it is unlikely that I would seek out Ms Atwood's books to listen to again.
The performance of this book was good.
I was annoyed that the story kept getting 'interrupted' by irrelevant side stories and disappointed in the characters and ending.
It took me a while to get into this book - until about half of it, I wasn't sure, but I couldn't stop listening either. From its half to the end, I was hooked. It coincided with a change in the main character's life... so the reason why I didn't get hooked earlier might just have been the fact that I was suffering with her.
Also took a while to get used to the voice and accent - aspects I'm very receptive and sensitive to - but I found in the end that all fitted well together.
"Clever and well written, but felt a bit clinical"
This is definitely a well written book and good example of the writer's craft. There are stories within stories, clever metaphors, etc. And the characters are quite well done as well - they definitely feel like real people. I just found myself not really getting drawn in. I think this was maybe because it felt too much like an exercise for a creative writing course - sometimes the writer seemed to prioritise the use of interesting literary techniques over basic storytelling. Not to say the story was a dud, but I never really found myself wondering what would happen next
I was captivated by the character to start with but as the book progressed I found her more and more improbable
Disappointing as I loved The Handmaidens Tale.
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