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By Fran Foster on 02-07-16
Beware: Title Is Deceptive !!
What would have made The Book Club better?
An exploration of the characters' interest in each other and books.
What could Mary Alice Monroe have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
She could have written a book about women who are friends, who enjoy reading and discussing books, stories, plots, etc., together. The characters in this book are not friends, they don't even like each other. A book club - don't think so - there are no discussions about any particular book, only an occasional reference by title.
What didn’t you like about Deanna Hurst’s performance?
Her narration was dull and flat. It is difficult to distinguish one character from another.
What character would you cut from The Book Club?
Doris - she is more interested in showing off her china and table settings than being "friends" or in literary pursuits; she is a 50 year old woman who speaks in clichés about the activities of her husband's mid-life crisis as if it were not patently obvious he is having an affair - his interest in pornography for example, silk boxers - please Doris - get a clue !! Eve - hopelessly naïve about her own husband's extra-marital affair - the weeping red head at his funeral, condoms in his overnight bag, pictures of another woman in a locked box - OMG. Her pretense of a year-long period of grief is unbearably tedious. Annie - is this woman stupid ?? She is an attorney by trade and any first-year law student could have told her - "do your research lady" - having a child at 40+ years of age and all she can do is complain about what is required to accomplish that goal ??
Any additional comments?
Forget about this one - save your money, time and attention. Check out a library copy of "The Jane Austen Book Club" - delightful book. Unfortunately, the narrator spoils it.
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