Book reviews

Carol


Finally finished reading Carol!

A chance encounter between two lonely women leads to a passionate romance in this lesbian cult classic. Therese, a struggling young sales clerk, and Carol, a homemaker in the midst of a bitter divorce, abandon their oppressive daily routines for the freedom of the open road, where their love can blossom. But their newly discovered bliss is shattered when Carol is forced to choose between her child and her lover.

It sounds like a great read, doesn’t it? I really really wanted to enjoy this book but to be honest it fell short of my expectations.

Taking a long time to get into the story, I found it hard to connect with Therese and Carol, neither of them exerting the usual feelings of attachment I normally have when reading about a female protagonist. I anticipated feeling empathy, a sense of understanding what Therese is feeling and the final moment of happiness that someone else, even if in a book, could put into words the thoughts and emotions of falling in love with someone society won’t accept you being with.

Now I can’t say it wasn’t well written. Nor was it particularly boring. It’s my opinion that this book just wasn’t meant for me. For the first time since I was 9, I found myself reading the last page of the book and praying for it to be over!

What are your opinions of the book? I’m still to see the film so will reserve judgement on it for now! 
The real question here, however, is what do I read next? 11 books to choose from, you decide!

  • The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff
  • Room by Emma Donaghue
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  • Before I Die by Jenny Downham
  • Did I Mention I Love You by Estelle Maskame
  • According To Yes by Dawn French
  • The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  • An Experiment in Love by Hilary Mantel
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side by Agatha Christie
  • The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Again, let me know! For now, I’m away to actually do something with my day.
Ktkinnes xx

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