While I found the writing lyrical in some instances, especially the instances when Emily talks about her love of words and solitude, I could not shake the feeling that this book felt like an early draft of a novel, instead of a completed story.
The first half of the book is better than the second half, because the second half mainly focuses on the romantic relationship between the two leads, and while this is fine, I would've been more thrilled with a less razor-sharp focus on this one specific element. I would have liked a broader horizon in terms of plot, like in the first half of the book.
I know Sally Rooney is all the rage right now so I was really looking forward to reading this book. I'm watching the TV series Normal People based on Rooney's other book and am really liking it so far so I went into this book with the expectation that I would really like it too. And while I did like it, I'm not sure I can say I'm head-over-heels delighter over it, or even that I like it *that* much.
I discovered this book by virtue of researching Timothee Chalamet's filmography--an actor I've been intrigued by since watching his performances in Little Women, Lady Bird, The King and Dune. I haven't watched this movie yet, which is supposed to be one of his best, and decided to read the book first before watching it, just to get familiar with the story.
I went into this book expecting much more than what I got. I expected a look into the bohemian scene of the late 19th century London, more insight into actual theatre life, and a little bit of a comedy of manners, perhaps. This book is none of those things.
irce is not one of the great mythological characters of history, but Miller manages to make her one in this narrative, and it’s a tale that I won’t soon forget.
now have to spend the rest of their lives as slaves for the Greeks are getting used to their new life.
I will finish these three books in the next week or weeks, depending on how fast I read, and then I will let you know my thoughts once I'm done. Stay tuned!
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