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This is a wonderfully written book; intelligent, philosophical, and in great literary style. I love writers who can depict so much through dialogue alone, and who can jump so seamlessly through time without giving you whiplash.But frankly, I hated the ending. I hated the ending, at the beginning. I hated knowing how dissatisfied I was going to be. I hated the fact I wanted to slap the narrator into being.This is a painful book. I don't remember a jot of happiness, in a world that ought to have b...
Things I love about this book include the cover, the title, and the fact that I got it at the Lesbian Herstory Archives book sale. It is hard for me to read it without imagining it being spoken in a Very Serious monotone.
Well-written and understated, driven by dialogue. A glimpse into the 1950s showing an angle not frequently seen in fiction.
Liked the voice and also the setting in post-war Britain.
This book made me feel smarter than I am. Which is to say that engaged me intellectually. The narrator has a real dry, detached way about her, that was both comforting and frustrating to me as a reader. A just the facts type telling. There was no way to get emotionally involved. If this was on purpose, to know the narrator, then this book is really brilliant. A character revealed by the way she remembers and recounts the past. Because I'm not sure if this is intended or just a weakness in storyt...
I like the dialogues the depiction of characters and their quirks. Other than "said" used more than I can condone, it was an enjoyable read. I dislike kate though...I kept asking why was she so afraid to at least attempt once to embrace her love. ..it's sad and as much as I feel everyone is their own life determiners, I do feel Kate's lack of action caused E's unhappy life.....E knew but she too was afraid of the possible rejection and so lived a life looking for that thing she already found in
Vaguely remember really liking this character driven book of self-discovery.
I just loved this book so much. It's beautiful and heart breaking and true. Every time I read it, I just love it more.
My favorite book of all time. Kate and Esther are still in my head. I don't want them to leave ever
That everyone makes different choices. My favorite book of all time.
Very painful story; beautifully written.
beautifully written and heart breaking
I love this book, although it makes me sad. It's beautifully written, and I really like and feel for Kate. I could keep analyzing these characters for a long time.