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10 March 2013 @ 11:25 pm
I want my sleep cycles back...  
So, I finished The Little Stranger yesterday. I picked it up maybe a week ago, and found it so hard to put down that I stayed up too late nearly every night reading it. But now I'm feeling grumpy about the whole thing.

First, let me say that the narrator is a bit of a twit, and a mansplainer of epic proportions. Not that unusual for his era (post wWII), but after even just a few rounds of, "Let me tell why this thing I did not personally experience is just your imagination, or comes from being overwrought," you really want to smack the guy.

Having reached the end, there were plot developments I definitely didn't care for, and the character really didn't seem to have "learned" anything. I wanted to smack him all over again!

Did other people feel that way about the book, I wonder, or is it just me? There's nothing like getting sucked into something really heavily and then being peeved about the ending. Brings back memories of "Little Bee" all over again!

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Sallyi_smell_apples on March 11th, 2013 11:02 am (UTC)
The Little Stranger as in Sarah Waters? I haven't read it yet but your "hard to put down" does sway me toward it a little... then the smacking makes me kind of sway the other way XD have you read her other books?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 11th, 2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's the one by Sarah Waters. :D

I haven't read her other books, so I have no context for her as an author. Just the one book. :)