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The Invisible Circus

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2008

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    The novel was okay. I wouldn't say it was amazing but it wasn't terrible either. Any reader is basically going along while a teenager makes her way through a foreign country and loses her virginity...Egan is a good writer, but I wouldn't necessary recommend it for great reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2008

    Promising Start but Difficult to get through later

    One of the nice things about picking up novels at tag sales is that there is no great loss if you don't like the story. Such was the case with this book. It started out very promising, with the early chapters--before the main character, Phoebe, set out on her own to Europe--that sucked me in. Unfortunately, Phoebe's European trek to retrace her long-dead sister Faith's footsteps was supposed to be the meat of the story. Phoebe was only about ten when Faith committed suicide in Italy, and her sister's wild life and tragic death has haunted her ever since. Phoebe idolized her sister, was jealous of her at times, and was too young to understand what happened to her. She has a romanticized picture of the 60's in San Francisco as a turbulent exciting time and nothing that came after could match that excitement. I--incorrectly--assumed Faith had died of a drug overdose, so could not understand Phoebe's interest in taking a tab of acid (and tripping out) or her intense relationship with her sister's former boyfriend, Wolf. My guess is that despite her sister's death, Phoebe glamorized her life, so much so, that in taking up with Wolf, she felt she could actually BE Faith. This wasn't a bad premise for a story, but I would have enjoyed the novel more if the author did not try so hard at descriptive writing, overusing similes and metaphors at every turn. It reminded me too much of Jodi Picoult's novels, which have great story lines also, but where an overabundance of (often strained) descriptions actually takes away from the story.<BR/><BR/>Still, I may pick up another Jennifer Egan novel. The Invisible Circus has promise; I'm just not so sold on the endorsements by Pat Conroy and others.

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