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  • Julia
  • EUREKA, MO, United States
  • 08-28-13

Robuck and Gilbert Lack "Aficion"

I am both a fan of Hemingway and in love with the island of Key West, so I was very much looking forward to a good story that wove both together. However, I was sadly disappointed by this book. First off, the narrator's sharp enunciation was immediately and incredibly annoying-like listening to a 1940s news cast (or a boxing match, which could have been appropriate only at certain points) the whole way through. Bad enough that I wanted to stop listening 10 minutes in, but I decided to give the story a chance. However, Robuck's prose was also a disappointment. Key West is such a vivid tropical locale, and I found the descriptions to be sadly sparse. The plot and characters were all too predictable-I won't spoil it for those of you who are determined to have a go, but I will tell you that you can guess it all from the first chapter. If you want to read a super fluffy love story featuring a "Mary Sue" protagonist and a larger than life love interest, go for it. But for those of us who dare hope for a little bit more, something gritty and deep and true--"Hemingway's Girl" lacks "aficion".

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