Sunday, 9 September 2012

COMMUTERS by Emily Gray Tedrowe

This novel begins with an elderly lady deciding to get married, and broadly follows the impact that this has on her immediate family. I found this to be a very carefully executed and tightly edited modern novel, so well-behaved as to be entirely forgettable.

I use my Kindle to note interesting passages or ideas in books, and it’s rare for me not to find any at all in a book; but I’m afraid that this was case here, and I don’t think it’s just because I read it on a 17 hr drive from Cape Town to Joburg. It found the family dynamic to be entirely ordinary, the arc predictable, and the themes old hat. I almost feel bad to take such a dislike to a book so ordinary.

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