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Posted October 10, 2011
Big Girls? Big Whoop.
THE BIG GIRLS is not a novel about overweight women. It's a novel about life in the "Big House." You know -- prison. A women's prison, to be more specific. Well, it's not exactly a novel either. THE BIG GIRLS has no chapters. Instead, it's broken up into 2-3 paragraph segments, separated by spaces, each alternating between three points of view (POV). (I only read the first 50 pages, so if there are more POVs later on, I wouldn't know because I didn't care to read beyond that. But more about that later...) Each paragraph segment reads like a diary entry. So, basically, THE BIG GIRLS is a compilation of non-labeled diary entries. Of at least three women. And you have to guess whose is whose. It's fairly easy to tell whose entry you're reading each time, just by context, but that doesn't make the entries any more interesting to read. They're so short that by the time you understand what's going on and what they're talking about, the entry ends and you're onto someone else's entry, their different POV, and sometimes unrelated comments. I felt like I was reading diary entries of people I didn't know, who talked about other people I didn't know. There were points of view of a prison inmate, a prison psychologist, and a celebrity in Hollywood. Their names aren't important in this review, just as they weren't in the book. It's really hard to get into a book when you don't even know or care about the characters, especially if you're jumping around from one point of view and/or story to the next. Is this the work of a mature author? Not from my perspective. The book felt like it was thrown together from diary entries attempted in a high school writing composition class. Hardly worth the read by anyone other than their teachers. In fact, like I stated early, I stopped 50 pages into the short book (I refuse to call it a novel). And it was difficult even getting that far. That's how disinterested I was.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 30, 2008
Brilliant Susanna Moore writes the first book reader could not finish
I Can't say I was not warned, 'this book is not an easy read.' I could not finish this dark work. . . from the wonderfully talented, usually brilliant Moore. Something 'twisted' must have happened to Susanna Moore to produced The Big Girls. Nietzsche's words concerning the exploration of Evil--that it will corrupt/damage your own soul--took on new meaning--causing me to discard the book after reading less than half of it. Truly. Don't go there without walking in' fear and trembling.'
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Posted August 1, 2011
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