I see my mind as a tapestry woven through with memories, dreams and thoughts.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

The Somnambulist

 I have just finished reading 'The Somnambulist' by Essie Fox.

I enjoyed the Victorian atmosphere within the novel and found it compelling reading. Somehow, despite these aspects, I was not drawn in by the characters. They appeared to me as vehicles for the tale rather than characters with whom I developed an affinity, be it of empathy or, that I became enthralled by their lack of morals, disgusted at their motives or deeds.

Although well written, the style of writing, for me, came across as rushed, whereas I like to savour moments or descriptions and to dwell on them.

Looking at my thoughts, I realise that we each reach for something different in our reading. In 'The Somnambulist' I did not discover that tantalising and almost elusive quality that I seek when reading.

I loved the cover design, so congratulations to whoever it was at 'Bold and Noble' who came up with the design

This was Snippet number four of the July Snippets.


T Opdycke said...

I loved how your put into words the style of writing you enjoy. I too am drawn in by descriptions and will go back and read them again and again. I thought I was an odd duck these days as other readers want to race to the next chapter without stopping for a moment to savor.

Melissa Sarno said...

I love the cover too. Sorry the characters didn't live up to the beauty of the cover. I need that empathy and connection too :)

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

A friend read this one and wasn't thrilled with it either.

I LOVE your blog header...so pretty.

Spangle said...

I have contemplated reading this book for a while, it's a shame that you were disappointed.

Like you though, I love the cover.

aguja said...

Thank you for your thoughtful comments!
Yes .... this book could have been so much more, Diane, and it is sad that it did not reach its full potential.

Teresa and Melissa, glad that you are a part of those who enjoy the words and characters as well as the tale being told ... and savouring a book is much as one would savour delicious food or a wonderful atmosphere, I think.