Sebastian Faulks, is best known for his French trilogy.
Mary a diplomat's wife and her husband Charlie, live not a quite idyllic life in Washington.
Maybe something will happen, her husband meet a violent death, I fantasize the opening of a Harlan Coben novel.
Maybe it will turn into a spy thriller, Robert Ludlum, but no such luck.
Mainly set in New York, even manages to be self-referential, bored and extremely boring diplomat's wife Mary is writing a book On Green Dolphin Street, but lacks the irony of Paul Auster in The New York Trilogy.
Flashbacks to Vietnam, the French facing imminent defeat, shades of Graham Greene and The Quiet American.
Sinks to the pits of Lauren Weisberger in The Devil Wears Prada with the constant mention of the clothes worn, though without the product placement of brand labels.
It seems to part of the club if you wish to write thrillers or romances to describe the characters, describe what they are wearing. Sebastian Faulks is neither, but does it all the same, and it is just as irritating.
Sebastian Faulks set much promise with The Girl at the Lion d'Or, but by the time he reached On Green Dolphin Street that promise has long faded away.
On Green Dolphin Street nothing is left of that early promise, nothing but sheer utter banality and bloody boredom.
Set in the Cold War during the Kennedy presidential campaign, in the immediate aftermath of the McCarthy witch hunts, WWII a recent memory.
On Green Dolphin Street picks up a little with the killing of a black boy (shades of John Grisham who would have done it better) and the Kennedy campaign, but not enough to rescue it from being a dull, banal and very boring novel.
The title is derived from a jazz classic of the era.
Released 10 yrs ago (1/22/2008 UTC) at Guildford Institute, Ward Street in Guildford, Surrey United Kingdom
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One of the best kept secrets in Guildford is that the Guildford Institute is one of the best places in town to eat for lunch. Best days to try: Tuesday and Friday.
7pm Thursday 24 January 2008, the Guildford Institute Book Club will meet, to meet thereafter once a month.