Tuesday, December 02, 2008

just finished reading

What Was Lost, by Catherine O'Flynn--click for my review. Anyone else read it? Any thoughts?

6 comments:

SpaSlave said...

I read it about a month ago, and I really enjoyed it. I loved her use of humour, particularly in the music store. I also liked the anonymous voices she uses sporadically throughout the mall scenes.

moonrat said...

Yeah, actually I really enjoyed the anonymous pieces. They were one of my favorite aspects, and, I think, the best written portions of the book.

The whole music store scenario reminded me uncomfortably of my experience working in retail. Blech.

Ann Victor said...

Moonrat,just how fast DO you read? :-)

Now there's ANOTHER book I have to order...

moonrat said...

I'm actually a really, really slow reader, Ann. But I'm starved, because I've been up to my neck in editing and writing and haven't had a chance to read in a long time. I've been sitting on the couch and reading for like 6 hours each night, trying to catch up!!!

Jonathan Dozier-Ezell said...

O'Flynn probably won't win any awards for her prose, but the story is very enjoyable. In fact, I think I enjoyed it so much because it was so pedestrian, so plain. I've come across a great number of first novels recently that were out to prove how smart the writer was. I'm thankful the only thing O'Flynn tried to prove was what a great story she can tell.

moonrat said...

I agree with you about her prose, Jonathan. I thought it was intentionally plain. And while the books I love forever are products of a combined good story and exciting writing (the writing is really disproportionately important to me), I do think the story carried this one.