>> Wednesday, July 26, 2006
I’d been told that it’s slow to start for some folks, but worth hanging in. It was definitely slow to start for me. I really didn’t feel engaged in the story till about page 150 or so. I didn’t love the book, but I also didn’t dislike it enough to give up on it. Just about the time I felt it was too wordy or over the top, I’d happen upon a really beautiful phrase, sentence or paragraph that pulled me back in. I was home sick from work and finished the second half of the book in 2 days which allowed me to really wrap myself in the language and setting. All in all, I probably wouldn’t recommend it, but I’m glad I read it.
It had some fabulous moments and the whole concept of wrapping the story around a story we're familiar with was intriguing. In places she pulled it off well. Other places it was just kind of over the top in an effort to bring in so many different historical figures and social issues. Particularly near the end it felt like the author was trying to rush in everything she hadn't checked off her list yet.