The former half were most intrigued by the Gothic story-telling conventions that existed in the book. It had everything a good, dark Gothic novel needs: secret rooms, forbidden love, and classic good versus evil. Those members who enjoyed this book named characters as one of the biggest reasons they found this book so enjoyable. "Zafòn has a way of making them come alive," they said. They also agreed that Zafòn's good characters were likable, and his evil characters were fantastically written.
The book ends with quite a plot twist. No one saw it coming. It was well disguised, but in my opinion, hardly inventive.
As I mentioned, only about half of us truly enjoyed this Gothic novel. The other half of us found this novel hopelessly slow. It was almost impossible to sink our teeth into this story when the bits of action were so few and far between. Darline informs me that the first half of the novel was extremely slow, and that it really picks up in the second half. I wouldn't know because I only made it through the first 80 pages. Rarely do I put a book down, but when it's as painful as Zafòn's work, I have to know when to quit.
So in all, about half of us truly enjoyed this book, and the other half found it painful.
In other news: Lynn brought Olivia, our newest member, to our meeting. She has the most amazing head of hair, and she is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations again to Lynn and Terrance.
In May, we are reading Emma Donoghue's The Sealed Letter. Ms. Donoghue will be unable to join us because she is spending half of the year in France. I can't believe she won't fly back to meet with us! (Kidding—of course we understand that she is very busy.) This information also makes me wonder why I am not a professional writer—I could go for living in France for six months!
In June we will be discussing Lawrence Hill's The Book of Negros. If you have any book suggestion for following months, be sure to bring them along in May.
See you all on May 19!