Saturday, March 22, 2008


Anne Enright
Genre: Fiction
Published: 2007
Personal Rating: 1/5
Yearly Count: 38

Told from the middle child's perspective, the Hegarty family gather together for a loved one's funeral. Memories, future thoughts, today, dreams, truth, hallucinations - all jumbled up together - what a mess!

If it weren't for the fact that I received this book from the kind-hearted Gentle Reader of Shelf Life and that it is a Man Booker Challenge AND Notable Books Challenge choice, I would have abandoned it from the get-go.


  1. This really seems to be a love it or hate it kind of book.

  2. Joy, I have not had the best luck with Booker Prize books. What's up with that??? I've held off reading this book because a little voice in my head says "You're not going to enjoy this" every time I pick it up at a book store!

  3. Tanabata ~ You know where I stand. :)

    Mary ~ Follow your little voice's advice!!! :) When I was about 1/3 of the way through, I told my DH that I wasn't enjoying it, he said, "Are you really surprised?"

    I have only liked 1 out of 3 so far from my list of 6. I hope I like the rest.

  4. Anonymous11:25 PM

    That's to bad! I have wanted to read this, it hasn't been near the top of the TBR though. Maybe it will stay at the bottom for a while longer.

  5. Maw Books ~ Apparently some people like it and I hope if you pick it up that you are one of them. Nobody likes to waste time on a book that doesn't suit them.

  6. I trust your judgment. I'll skip this one. Thanks!

  7. Les ~ Thanks for the trust. I had an inkling when it didn't fly with Gentle Reader's bookclub, but I gave it a try anyway for the challenge. It just wasn't for me.

  8. I am so glad I am not the only one who didn't like this book. I agree - what a mess. LOL

  9. Kara ~ It's nice to be in good company. :)


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