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A novel, maybe, but no story
le 1 mars 2014
If you are looking for an exciting story of two children, unlikely friends, spending their summer finding who murdered the older brother of one of them and taking revenge on him, this is not the book for you. There is no story in this book. When "The Goldfinch" was released, I found out, to my delight, that Dona Tartt had written another book since "The Secret History", and I immediately bought it. What a disappointment! What a letdown! Virtually nothing happens in this book. True, the descriptions of this steamy South, of the dying town of Alexandria parched under the sun, of the boredom of endless summer days, give the novel a lot of atmosphere and you can really feel the heat on your skin - but, apart from that, nothing much happens. In truth, the novel is about Harriet, about the last summer of her childhood, about the dwindling away of her friendship with shallow, sunny Hely, and, as she has a glimpse of how she will be for her whole life, one cannot help feeling sorry for her: unloved, unlovable, unloving.