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25 March 2009


You're a better woman than I am! I put it down after those first 20 pages. I figured I would like it for all the same reasons you mentioned and I heard about it before it was everywhere. But by the time my name came up on the library list, I should've just cancelled. Call me a book snob; but I think it's just a personal taste for something deeper, quirkier. I also could not manage "The Zookeeper's Wife." Another fabulous premise and a great writer; but this time she needed a tough editor and didn't have one!

I enjoyed the Guernssey book, probably becuase I learned a lot about thier occupation. One of my library patrons recommended Lying With the Enemy by Tim Binding as a more historical novel about the occupation of Guernsy. I have it checked out but haven't read it yet myself (my Mom read it and liked it). But if you don't like WWII stuff, don't read it. I also read the Zookeepers Wife, and wanted to like it, but didn't.

Sadly, I'm not a better woman than anyone. I'm glad you stopped reading if you weren't enjoying it--I felt compelled to do the whole thing because it was so short, and hey, it was set in Great Britain. But still. Speaking of deeper, quirkier, have you read Helene Hanff's 84, Charing Cross Road? This one gets compared to that a lot but 84 CCR was a ton better--of course, I probably feel that way because it was NF.

I couldn't agree more about The Zookeeper's Wife; but then, I've never been a huge Ackerman fan.

I'm glad you liked it. Really! I am glad when people enjoy books, and I'll admit, I had no idea the Channel Islands had been occupied, so it was educational. Thanks for the suggestion about the Binding book--I may try it; I shouldn't say I'm opposed to all WWII stuff, but I do find it hard to find WWII that isn't overly simplified or completely agenda-driven (more so than with other wars, for some reason, which is probably why I'm more interested in reading about WWI, the Vietnam War, Korean War, etc.).

Hm, you feel that way about The zookeeper's Wife too? I'm starting to wonder how that book got all the glowing reviews--I've heard much more negative stuff about it than positive!

I suppose Diane Ackerman doesn't feel she needs an editor - like Cokie Roberts, whose last book definitely needed one. Guess her "This Week" duties (!) mean she's above all that. Which is why I don't either watch or read her.

I also read the Binding book, and Elizabeth George's A PLACE OF HIDING which is set on Guernsey. Masterpiece Theater showed "Island at War" a few years ago - it was an expensive production, which meant that they didn't do a second set (bummer).

I'm getting the feeling--correct me if I'm wrong--that you're not a huge Cokie Roberts fan. :)

It is my belief that there aren't enough editors anywhere in publishing lately. Hence 600-page books like Edgar Sawtelle.

Hm, "A Place of Hiding." I've always wanted to read an Elizabeth George. Is that one in a series or a stand-alone?

It's kind of a stand-alone. Inspector Lynley appears briefly, but the main character in this book is peripheral to the series.

You can reserve "Island at War" - or did you just place the hold?

Re the Cokester - WAY TOO LONG inside the Beltway.

I do so love your posts.

[Hides head] Sorry!

I agree with you about the nostalgia porn thing, although for me it's the 1950s and 60s. I won't be sorry if I never read another book set in the 1960s, no matter what it's about. Which is strange because I love the music and fashions of the era. Hmm.

Anyway, at least it was short! I read through all of Edgar Sawtelle and I'll never get that time back.

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