It took me a little while to get in to this American classic because all the characters were so unlikeable … But once I realised that was the whole point I found it a beautiful revealing little book. It’s a love story, a tragedy and a moral tale about wealth and happiness. The descriptive passages were wonderfully written – I normally whizz past dense descriptions but the turn of phrase here, such as “The wind had blown off, leaving a loud bright night with wings beating in the trees and a persistent organ sound as the full bellows of the earth blew the frogs full of life” really worked for me.
I felt very saddened by the end of the book and think it will stay with me for a long time.
Pleased I read this – and that was only because I needed a short classic novel to read to progress one of the things on my 101 in 1001 challenge! Just need to find one more now to read before 4th Jan when the challenge ends!