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The Uses of Enchantment

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2007

    Good beginning, but then downhill!

    I read the first chapter online and it seemed great. After the first chapter it became a jumbled mess of reality and 'what might have happened.' Each chapter was told from a different perspective-Mary, the protagonist, her therapist and the narrator (who tells the reader the events of what might have happened to Mary). Frankly, I wanted to know what happened--I couldn't care less for what might have happened! While the plotline was phenomenal, the story was boring, boring, boring. My book club was also extremely disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

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    Not Enchanting...

    Although the premise sounded fascinating - abduction, mystery and deceit - it just didn't deliver. The sisters, although despicable, just grated on the nerves. The story was so disjointed and fragmented, I found myself counting - and recounting - the pages to the end. No uses for this unenchanting story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2009

    Interesting Premise but Difficult Characters

    Simply put, I had a very difficult time relating to the protagonist, Mary, or for that matter any of the other characters in this story. Everyone comes across as difficult, deceitful, and extremely self-absorbed. This includes both the male and female characters. I kept wanting to find someone who was honest and straightforward. The dialogue was downright biting most of the time. And I never got a good picture for why the mother was the way she was. At the same time, the story line of this novel propelled me along, making me want to understand Mary. It was also an interesting and original premise. I agree with another earlier reviewer--this is a good book for the right person.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2008

    It Speaks To Certain People

    I loved this book but it's only for a certain type of person, take a chance and read it you may find yourself in the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2007

    High expectations

    I picked up this one at the library because I had read her previous book. I had to start it over several times because I couldn't get into the main character or any of the supporting characters..not interesting. While the writing is very good the premise came across as boring. Again, the dialogue is the best part of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    For those in search of a Captivating story, for those in search of Brilliant story-telling

    I found this book via an especially dedicated 'New York Magazine' Fall Pick article in August, and became enthralled by its intriguing premise, ellicitng a news-story of '03 (or was it '04?), where a college girl feigned her own abduction. I found myself counting down the days from early August until its mid-October release. Never were so many mounting expectations (growing more so with each anticipatory day) fulfilled and surpassed by their promise when it comes to the literary rapture and lyrical voice that is 'The Uses of Enchantment.' The story is intoxicating. As a Freudian fiend and trauma-studies minor, I can say Julavits matches her inspiration and alights the genre to a new level while casting a shadow of doubt-and-suspect- thought on to her sources, beckoning the most avid- Dora-adherent to re-read Freud in a second-light (even if modern criticism hadn't so inclined them to do so before). As a a twenty-something female, I can say the yearning and sexual repression of the 'non-trauma' adolescent 'girl' experience, has never before been so quite throroughly fantasized, explained, and vicariously rebelled-against through reading this book. 'The Uses of Enchantment' is tell-tale in its directness, extraordinary in the interwoven storylines touching upon a gothic past revisited in a seemingly banal present, familiar in its frustration, curiosity, and gingerly-tread-line between danger and desire. In short, I love this book: great story, great structure, fantastic writing. I read it in one day.

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