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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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2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

"Circle" indeed; my head was spinning through many parts of this novel

The Writing Circle is about a group of writers who gather to critique each others' work. The "circle" also involves how the characters' lives are intertwined. The concept is unique and interesting; however, the author fails to grab your attention in many respects. I fou...
The Writing Circle is about a group of writers who gather to critique each others' work. The "circle" also involves how the characters' lives are intertwined. The concept is unique and interesting; however, the author fails to grab your attention in many respects. I found the book very hard to get into at first. I also found that the flip-flopping way that the author went from character to character was annoying and very difficult to follow at times. I couldn't tell exactly what state this book was supposed to be set in - though I gathered that it was New England - and I had a hard time figuring out the ages of many of the characters (unless they were specifically stated). Some of the descriptions were vague enough to mislead, until you read further and worked it out based on other facts that surfaced.

Corrine Demas has a lot going on in this book -- there are many characters (some of whom are overdeveloped, some of whom are underdeveloped) and many storylines. Some characters' storylines fall flat early on and others just end. I found the end of this book to be very unsatisfying; this story has no real ending, thus no closure for many of the characters.

Many say this novel is about loyalty, betrayal and the relationships among the characters. That may be, but there has to be some sort of closure for the reader to get satisfaction out of this novel. This book really picks up the pace in the last 3-4 chapters, but I found that it was far too late to really improve my reading experience, especially since the ending was so disappointing.

Overall, the writing wasn't horrible, but some of the references were very obscure - which I found to be a bit pompous. I would only recommend this book to reading clubs to discuss the various aspects of the author's style and what she hoped to accomlish with this novel. It's unfortunate, as I had high hopes for this book. This is my third "First Look" B&N book club novel, and I enjoyed the other two far more than I enjoyed this one.

posted by JoanieGranola on July 2, 2010

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