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The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

This is a remarkable book that goes deep into the secrets of a s

This is a remarkable book that goes deep into the secrets of a small Spanish village. It swings from memoir to travelog to history. It details love, friendship, betrayal. It is a darn good book!

posted by EG678 on July 31, 2013

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Aggravating

I love the premise of this story; it's got geat bones. But I am really struggling to read the whole thing because of the incessant superfluous footnotes. It's like the author had a bad break up with his editor and chose everything s/he edited out over their partnership ...
I love the premise of this story; it's got geat bones. But I am really struggling to read the whole thing because of the incessant superfluous footnotes. It's like the author had a bad break up with his editor and chose everything s/he edited out over their partnership and shoved it back in the story as footnotes. It's a rare four uninterrupted paragraphs you can get through before being directed to some tangent that pulls you out of the story at hand for, every time, no worthwhile reason. None of this "bonus" info is making me feel the story any more fulky, nor do they help build the characters. Which feel underdeveloped: the main character is a sanctimonious blowhard I'm having a hard time feeling sympathetic for and the narrator is about as interesting as untoasted wonderbread. Story feels like it could really go somewhere but the language is just not taking me there.

posted by 12898484 on August 28, 2013

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    I did not care for this book at all. Archaic word choice as well

    I did not care for this book at all. Archaic word choice as well as writing style lead me to believe Paternini wrote this for an elite academic audience in mind with the sole purpose of showing off. It didn't engage me enough to finish it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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