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Started well, I had high hopes for the well drawn characters. But it seemed to peter out and the end left me feeling the opportunity for a really great story had been lost. A pleasant enough way to spend a few hours, but a great experience, it aint.
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What disappointed you about Started Early, Took My Dog?
Having been tempted by the foreknowledge that the Brodie novels had been the basis for a reasonable TV series, I felt it was safe to try this novel. Not so! No wonder they were unable or unwilling to make this novel the next contender. It is tedious to the extreme with such a mess of story lines as to be incomprehensible and part way through one is left utterly not caring. When I glanced up and saw there was still 7 hours to go, I gave up. The relief was immediate. What a jumbled, grey, damp morass of non events. I shudder to think of the time wasted.
What was most disappointing about Kate Atkinson’s story?
Why jumble together a book about, " my rambles through the Abbeys of England" with, " my terrible divorce and the sordid aftermath" and " child abduction without preamble" and " ugly musings by an old man" in what might have been a detective novel?
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nicholas Bell?
A man less earnest. His attempts at colouring the reading only served to highlight just how bleak and empty the prose is.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Started Early, Took My Dog?
Any scene with the ludicrous VoiceOver of "Julia" irritating any sense of a story moving forward, all the contrived scenes of drunken divorced middle age man, all the unrealistic imaginings of how a scene might play out in the memory of an unreliable narrator..the list is endless.
Any additional comments?
"Life After Life" often meandered near the same cliff edge that this novel plunged over from the start.