Wednesday, 1 August 2012
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.