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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
Absorbing, colorful and wonderfully written!
posted by Anonymous on June 26, 2004Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
Not As Good As Girl With A Pearl Earring
We're intially introduced to Jean Le Viste and his family; his daughter Claude is one of the main characters in the beginning, but a) she's not very likeable, and b) she disappears for the whole middle section of the book and only surfaces briefly once before the very end. Additionally, the character of Nicolas has some motivational problems. On one hand, he's an arogant, cheap womanizer who seduces anything with breasts and can't wait to "plow" Claude in her fathers house. On the other, he's a likeable, charming, struggling painter who saves Alienor from a life of misery. Make up your mind, fellow.
I felt that the language was a little too obnoxious at parts, especially with the times of prayers and the holidays. Sext, May Day, Ascension Day, Candlemas? These mean nothing to me so it's hard to tell what the real passing of time is. I understand they're part of the language, so I got over it, but toward the end they resurfaced a lot. And the characters voices and language when they were talking to each other also seemed unrealistic at times.
There's a clear plot device (petite Claude) that is meant to shock the reader; but we're not stupid and it falls flat. Overall, I wasn't a fan, nor was I wholly disappointed with this book. It wouldn't be the first one I'd recommed, but I've read worse. I'd give it 2 1/2 stars out of 5.
posted by TheCrowdedLeaf on September 3, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2007
I absolutely hated this book. After reading Girl With a Pearl Earring, I was eager to read more from this author. Lady and the Unicorn, however, was a complete dissapointment!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 15, 2005
Don't waste your money on this cheesy, disgusting, and graphic romance novel.
I really liked _Girl with a Pearl Earring_. It was a bit more subtle. This book is downright bawdy and disgusting. If you like Jenna Jameson films, and would like to read a book of the same subject matter, buy this book. If you are looking for a good historical novel...this isn't the book for you, at all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.