Sunday, November 04, 2012

2012 book 315

Elizabeth Wilhide's Ashenden
So this novel is basically the history of a house (or even, the history of England as viewed through one of those big fancy houses) and its residents over two hundred years. The problem is that two hundred years of residents means a lot of characters--each chapter is basically its own vignette with its own characters, though some do recur.  Obviously, some parts are much stronger than others, and the more modern stuff is better than the historical stuff, in general. It's apparently kind of based on the story of a real house, which appeared in the Keira Knightly Pride and Prejudice. I'm not entirely sure what the point of it was, though. B.

A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released in January.

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