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#221 ~ The Mistress ~ DNF

* This post is brought to you by the nearly 2 feet of snow Mother Nature brought our area over the weekend. Since I couldn’t be out doing last minute Christmas stuff, I spent some time catching up on my reviews. *

Cover of The Mistress

The Mistress by Philippe Tapon

I signed up for the War Through The Generations 2009 Challenge at the beginning of the year, figuring that it would be easy to read six books about World War II.  When I went back earlier this month to see if I could manage to pull this off before the end of the year, I realized that I read four books (see list below).  That left two books to read.  I had wanted to read The Diary of Anne Frank, but I wanted to be realistic about reading another book as well.  One of the books I picked up this year through PaperBack Swap was The Mistress.  At 186 pages, I was certain I could breeze through, leaving plenty of time to read Anne Frank.  In the end, I never made it past page 56.  I had difficulty following the story for several reasons: The writing is choppy, the narration or at least focus shifts frequently (for example, the Emile is either referred to by name, as the doctor, or, by the narrator, as his grandfather), and sections seem to be missing altogether because I could barely follow along with a simple conversation.  The summary sounded so promising, but I couldn’t continue in hopes of what might come.  It isn’t often that I do not finish a novel, at least not without skimming my way to the end.  This novel was nearly incomprehensible word for word, there was no point in trying to skim.

warthrugen_button21This is my fifth review for the War Through The Generations 2009 Challenge.  I have also read and reviewed:

Coventry by Helen Humphreys
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by  Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer

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6 Comments

  • At 2009.12.20 21:14, Kathy R (Bermudaonion) said:

    That’s too bad. Another quick read that would count is The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

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    • At 2009.12.20 23:45, Melissa said:

      Don’t you hate when pick up a book that doesn’t meet your expectations. Oh well..I would have to agree with the previous poster, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a quick good one.

      Melissa V.

      • At 2009.12.21 07:47, Sandy said:

        It is pretty bad when you can’t get through a 200 page book…that is some crappy writing! I loved this reading challenge.

        • At 2009.12.22 18:23, Lisa said:

          I don’t often give up on books but almost never on this short of a book. But if it doesn’t work by almost a third of the way in, it’s time to give up.

          • At 2010.01.02 22:10, Anna said:

            We posted your review on War Through the Generations.

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            • At 2010.01.23 06:48, Unmukt said:

              I am a book lover myself and enjoyed browsing your blog though I must confess that I have not read many that have been reviewed by you.

              Did you read ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’? I read it 40 years ago and enjoyed it, could not leave it but perhaps if I read it now I may not enjoy it as much. It is a book to be enjoyed by a teenager. Though, at that time also, I thought a girl would enjoy it more.

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