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I respect Elizabeth Gilbert as a writer–a lot. Her dialogue jumps off the page, her descriptions are taut and humorous. But I do feel that this book reveals a young author trying to find her groove. There are some plot points that fall short, and the character arcs only develop fully in the epilogue. About a third of the plot of the book seemed to fall into the last chapter. That being said, I’m becoming more and more interested in reading various writer’s early work, mostly because the flaws s
I’m not sure if I would recommend this book to someone who is simply a fan of Eat Pray Love. However, if you are studying writing as a craft, Gilbert shows off some textbook skills along with some glaring mistakes. It’s a great way to see all the ingredients laid out, but not quite gelling. I’d like to read the Last American Male next.
Perhaps it was my love of her other book, Eat, Pray, Love, that made me not completely love this book. If 1/2 stars were an option, I would have gone with 3 1/2 stars, so I’m rounding up. It was an interesting read…characters were well written, but there was no one I was emotionally invested in (although I loved Kitty, the drunken “aunt”). It seems that perhaps there is more commonality between classes than between geographic groups…this was about a small, lower-middle class community on the
It almost seemed as if this book was written in stages & left that way…several chapters overlapped on information & character description. The fact that Ruth was given so many opportunities that she didn’t take advantage of (out of spite? misguided loyalty to her father?) threw me a little bit. While I saw the (predictable) ending coming before they went to the wedding on Courne Haven, I was a little annoyed that she didn’t want to see more of the world before settling down. I’m sitting here typing myself into a lower rating for this book…I’ll stop now.
Generally, when describing books I try to use more specific language, but in this case my opinion of Stern Men after reading it can be summed up in one word- Weird. I slogged through it, but the book never really completely grabbed me. It had some of the trappings of the things I look for in a good novel; artful writing, an intriguing cast of characters, enigmatic plot twists, but I never really came to a basic understanding of the character of Ruth Thomas. One moment she is full of sass and wry