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The Writing Circle

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Highly Recommended

Lyrical prose combines with witty dialogue to keep you reading from the first page. The Writing Circle follows a group of writers and their social and moral struggles over the integrity of their work and of their attractions. Love and friendship end up leading to both...
Lyrical prose combines with witty dialogue to keep you reading from the first page. The Writing Circle follows a group of writers and their social and moral struggles over the integrity of their work and of their attractions. Love and friendship end up leading to both happiness and disaster. Various pieces of writing presented by the different members create another textual layer, alongside the clever dialogue and an alternating point of view. The final events spiral out from one another, forcing us to examine the boundaries between life and art, as well as the consequences of ambition. I highly recommend this as a summer read.

posted by KLOKO on July 19, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Great Read

The Writing Circle presented very real people to me. They all had flaws and insecurities. They were not perfect people, acting perfectly. How they lives become related drives this story. This book is still making me think as I reflect on the characters or the storyline...
The Writing Circle presented very real people to me. They all had flaws and insecurities. They were not perfect people, acting perfectly. How they lives become related drives this story. This book is still making me think as I reflect on the characters or the storyline. Everyone in the book discussion I was in had very strong feelings and very different feelings about scenes and characters in the book. This all makes a good book.

posted by pen21 on June 18, 2010

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  • Posted June 21, 2010

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    A fire and a miss for me.

    I read this book as part of the First Look group. Having participated in critique groups as part of writing classes, and having been exposed to snarky tweets sent during meetings from a writing group I declined to join, the concept intrigued me. Sadly that intrigue didn't last long.

    Right from the start I knew it was going to be a rough go. The book is written in third-person and yet the scenes shift from one character to another so you never really get to know any of them fully because you never hear their voice. Nowhere does the book approach first person narrative - you hear what the third person narrator wants you to hear. But there are too many characters to keep up with, many of whom are not significant yet take up a good portion of the narrative. Even a third of the way into the book there were new characters coming in, which only added to the confusion. Perhaps because of the lack of time devoted to each of the many characters, they all felt shallow and superficial. I couldn't make myself care for any of them.

    I found the "twist" to be not at all surprising, and I'd go so far as to say predictable.

    If you want a captivating book about a group of writers, this isn't it. I'd check out "The Accidental Bestseller" by Wendy Wax instead.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

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    Needs More Editing

    Not a winner in my book. I actually thought about trying to write down who the characters were to keep them straight. There was little to no explanation about them and the information was kind of sprinkled all over the place making it hard to keep track of who did what or who was who. I felt so frustrated with it that the plot ended up taking a back seat. Really I think the author needs to go back and clean things up a bit. Get things in place and maybe it will make sense then.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2010

    A difficult read

    I had high hopes for this book and was very much disppointed in it.

    I found this book didn't have a beginning, middle, or end. It was all over the place. The chapters were like unfinished, disjointed short stories.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2010

    Disappointed

    I had looked forward to reading this book as a member of the First Look Club on Barnes and Noble. We have read many great books that I might not have read on my own. However, this was not one of them. The way this book skipped around (and the conclusion) made it feel like I had tuned into a bad soap opera for an hour. It was boring and tedious to read. I forced myself to finish the book because I had a made a commitment to do so. I wish I could have those hours of my life back.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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