Friday, March 12, 2010

2010 book 71

Cathleen Schine's The Three Weissmanns of Westport
When I first heard about this book--a retelling of Sense and Sensibility with middle-aged and elderly Jews--it didn't appeal to me at all. It sounded like the usual generic chick lit, plus that's one of my least favorite Austen books. But then the New York Times gave it a major, major rave and I thought, hey, maybe it's good!

My first instincts were correct.

This is a perfectly adequate book, but was exactly what I was expecting--a generic, popular, book club kind of book. And Schine even has the audacity--after being ridiculously loyal to the original source material--of rewriting the ending in a moderately ridiculous way. B-.

Mom, you should still read it! I think you'll like it.

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