1033Re: Oh Peter, Peter, Peter Beagle...
- Jan 3, 2000Stolzi@... [Stolzi@...] wrote:
> But didn't you find that it took a long time starting? This was one of theI had this problem with the book, also. Matter'a'fact, I almost chucked it
> few criticisms that I - and many reader-reviewers on amazon.com - had. Too
> much background, too much rambling in the (startlingly accurate) voice of the
> teen girl narrator. Too long before they get to the farm and the
> strangenesses begin to appear.
before finishing. Writing now from the other side of the back cover (yes, I
finished it), I see that all that set up had a purpose, but that doesn't help
one having to wade through it for the first time. Contrary to its title, the
book is about Jennifer, so Beagle creates her as a real character before
'sidetracking' (as it were) with the actual storyline. Still, it makes for
some rough reading for the first third of the book. I expect this one'll end
up on the MFA long list, if not the short list.
Matthew Winslow mwinslow@... http://x-real.firinn.org/
"I want to overhear passionate arguments about what we are and what we are
doing and what we ought to do. I want to feel that art is an utterance made
in good faith by one human being to another. I want to believe there are
geniuses scheming to astonish the rest of us, just for the pleasure of it.
I miss civilization, and I want it back."
Currently reading: Pharaohs and Kings by David Rohl
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