Recent Reading: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - Mo's Journal
Recent Reading: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold|
|Date:||July 28th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)|| |
And for the author, I think the book is a good example of literary conceit.
There's one idea and she runs with it, creates a best-selling novel out of it, but I didn't find much substance behind any of that. I really didn't like the book, although I can see what you're saying about how adolescents would relate to it. And I'm not sure that's a good thing, considering the subject matter, if this book enters the pantheon of "Bell Jar", "Catcher in the Rye", "Lord of the Flies" adolescent death-fiction for the modern age, which just enough plot from CSI to seem topical.
I liked "Peony in Love" by Lisa See a lot more, and it uses the same kind of plot device -- just the setting and the characters seem more developed and less like a creative writing class exercise. Or maybe they're just more exotic... but in any case, I recommend checking that one out.
|Date:||July 28th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)|| |
Thanks for the recommendation, but it's not a plot device I'm particularly interested in - I just like what she did with it in this book.