Alena: A Novel

Alena: A Novel

by Rachel Pastan
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Alena: A Novel 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Luckygranadma More than 1 year ago
I do not understand those negative reviews, I loved this book and was so sorry when it ended. Great plot, great  character development. I finished this book about three weeks ago and I miss those characters a lot. I feel as If I did not see someone close to my heart for a while and need to call them and talk to them. I highly recommend this book and would be curious as to what other reviews will be posted. I love the book Rebecca, but I am sure it Was not this author's intention to be compared to it. Each of these books is great in it's own way. Please read it ;)
Almost-Tica More than 1 year ago
I really did not like this book and that's putting it mildly.  After the hype about it being an "inspired re-staging" of the classic novel Rebecca, I expected better writing and a more interesting plot.  Thinly veiled plagiarism didn't do the job.  The characters weren't even interesting and the entire storyline dragged and lagged and limped its way to an abrupt ending that suggested the author herself because too bored to write more.  Writing a novel is hard work, but still in all, this author wasn't, isn't, and never will be a Daphne Du Maurier, and it does neither of these people credit to compare them.
LaurieC3 More than 1 year ago
With intriguing descriptions of art and equally sharp-eyed observation of people, this page-turner of a novel is also an homage to Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. The novel explores the feelings of the young, female narrator as a strained and awkward newcomer; she is the newly installed young curator at the Nauquasset, a museum of contemporary art on Cape Cod. Mingling with the salt air of the Cape is the Gothic air of mystery surrounding the disappearance of the enigmatic Alena, the museum's former curator, who went missing and is presumed dead three years before. Recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing. Rebecca is one of my favorite books. I have read it so many times and have watched the movie many more. Daphne Du Maurier captures the haunting of the young wife by the ghost of Rebecca. Alena dragged and I could not understand where the author was going with her story line. The only thing that the author comes close to Rebecca is the opening line from Rebecca. After that it was all down hill. Who ever told the author that she should write this book, should be questioned. Don't waste your time with this book, read the orginial.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author has completely failed in her attempt to "re-stage" the beautiful classic, Rebecca. Pastan's characters are boring, lack dimension, heart, and likability. It was impossible to form an attachment to them;. they are merely stereotyped cardboard representations of the beautifully complex du Maurier characters. Pastan gets lost in overly worded descriptions, using her verbosity to hide the weakness in her writing. The tempo of the novel is painstakingly slow with little conflict development and the lack of creativity and imagination makes it impossible to sustain interest . I am not sure why a writer would attempt to copy a classic.; Pastan did so in a clumsy, uninspired way. I gave up after page 117. Reading time is too precious to waste on poorly written imitation. Alena is not an homage to Rebecca, It is a disaster. Try Alice Hoffman, Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchette, Amy Tan, Lisa See.
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