The Cutting Room
6 journalers for this copy...
Are the photos of the murdered girl authentic? Are the photos Fact or Fiction? Is it Art, Smut, or Snuff?
Rilke is drawn into the mystery almost at the same level as that of the reader: He's merely trying to understand what is or isn't going on, and also the 'why' of his fascination with the titillating details of the heinous act. I liked the character of Rilke. Unlike professional police investigators or private detectives that are commonly featured in crime fiction, Rilke isn't on a heroic quest, out to set things straight, or to prove his mettle.
It was easy to identify with him, even though he is an unconventional protagonist for this type of genre.
I like crime fiction stories, but don't read many crime books. Often the best-selling writers disappoint me. Besides a suspenseful & intriguing plot, I expect to be entertained by the writing itself. Except for a couple of rather minor stumbles, I am impressed by Laura Welsh's novel.
There are a fair number of verbal clues, word puns, and frequent references to art history & literary works of the past to keep the reader's mind involved with the words on the page as well as in the murder mystery plot.
And yet, it is not a complicated narration; the prose moves along smoothly & with clarity; nowhere does it feel like the author is trying to write in a dense literary or hip style.
Canongate, publishers of The Cutting Room
Louise Welsh bio, interview, Top Ten.
The last stop for this bookray will be an OCBZ, in appreciation of the fact that Canongate, the publishers of The Cutting Room have an OBCZ on their premises.
Book Ray participants are listed below.
Please journal the book to say that you have received it, and then again when you have read it and are posting it to the next reader.
Please read and pass on the book within two months of receipt. If you can't do this for any reason, please PM me to let me know.
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The original copy for the Bookray has already been read by: tootshelling, Luz-de-Luna, sunfi, Queniene. You can read their comments here.
* Bug2004 (USA - posts within USA) - asked to be skipped
* JenKazoo (USA - posts within USA)
* kerbam1421 (USA - posts within USA)
* perryfran (USA - posts anywhere)
* SerenityBlue (Toronto, Canada) <---- book is here
* last stop on the ray: OBCZ in Toronto, Canada (with the kind assistance of SerenityBlue)
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Yay! The bookring is traveling again, now on its way to JenKazoo!
Now, as for the book....I finished reading it but didn't really like it as much as I hoped I would. I had a hard time with the setting of this book. I know it was set in approximation to the present but it was really hard to feel like these characters weren't from a past era. I supposed it was the culture gap from being an American reading this book. I did enjoy the book but felt myself rusging to finish and move one to something else.
I just couldn't get into this book. I'm very disappointed that I couldn't, because it's been on my list of books to read for a while. I only got about half way through it and gave up, which I hate doing! This is off to the next in line. Thank you for including me in this ring.
Have a happy Thanksgiving!
Thanks again for including me in this bookray. I'll be sending this off to SerenityBlue soon.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Sending on to SerenityBlue in Toronto, Canada.
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