Charlotte Gray

by Sebastian Faulks | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0099394316 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Pikerama of Royston, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on 6/9/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by Pikerama from Royston, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Thursday, June 09, 2005
A truly dreadful book! I simply can't understand why Sebastian Faulks is meant to be such a good writer, but just read the drivelling reviews on the back cover.
You know how, when writing effective fiction, you're supposed to "show" and not "tell"? Well, Faulks tells you. He tells you in minute detail, exactly what she's thinking and how she's feeling. Then he tells you in a slightly different way. Then, just in case you haven't got the idea, he goes through it again.
The story's OK, but considering its war setting, it isn't half as dramatic as it could be. You keep thinking something really, really bad is about to happen....and then it doesn't. Oh, yes, a few people get killed, but it's all at a distance.
I also found Charlotte a particularly difficult character to believe in - little about her rang true.
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