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Subject: "This Charming Man" by Marian Keyes
Date Posted: 3/11/2009 9:46 AM ET
Member Since: 5/16/2008
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Who's read this? What do you think? Marian Keyes is usually a sure bet for me (I'm reading "Anybody Out There?" right now but when I read the reviews for this one, I paused. Should I add it to my WL? I sometimes dislike books with a HUGE cast of characters, esp if the chapters rotate their points of view. Also, one reviewer on PBS mentioned that with one character, the sentences are super short and cut off, staccato-like. I actually had to put down "Tangled Up in Daydreams" because of that. So, would like the yays or nays! Thanks!

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 12:41 PM ET
Member Since: 4/15/2007
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I used to buy every Marian Keyes book when it came out...I even ordered them from Amazon.uk before she was published here.  Now I just wait for the library to get them. I think her writing has gotten worse with each book, but I keep hoping she'll go back to writing great books like "Watermelon."



Date Posted: 3/14/2009 4:22 AM ET
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Terrible book (IMO)...I could not get through it and it just seemed to go on and on and on with no point.

Date Posted: 3/14/2009 6:00 PM ET
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I haven't read any Marian Keyes yet - My library has a few. I think I'll make sure to not read this one first if people are iffy about it!

Date Posted: 3/14/2009 7:08 PM ET
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Yeah, I'm disappointed b/c I just finished "Anybody Out There?" and LOVED it, as I have loved all the "Walsh" family books. But I have not put myself on the WL for this one b/c of some of the reviews, esp the ones I'm hearing about on here!

ETA: While we're on the subject (kinda), what do you think of "Under the Duvet" (and "Further Under the Duvet")? I just got bounced for the first one (first person accepted it but then never mailed) so it'll eventually come to me. "Further Under" is on the WL and I've been on it forever. I kinda think she'd be good at short stories. Has anyone else experienced them?

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Date Posted: 3/19/2009 12:18 PM ET
Member Since: 7/14/2008
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I loved this book. I thought it was funny and sad, but with a good ending. When I first decided to read it I read the reviews also and they were mixed but decided since I liked her other works that I would give it a try, and I'm glad I did. I think it's a bit darker than some of her others, but not to the point of being depressing or terribly sad.

Date Posted: 3/29/2009 4:02 PM ET
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I liked it.  It's definitely different from the Walsh sisters books, and it took me more time and effort to get through (I did find myself putting it down and taking a little while to get back to it.)  It's a bit darker, but still has interesting storylines.  The political lines can get a little confusing if you read it like I did- put it down for a few weeks, forget completely and go back to it- but I sitll found it interesting.  I read it last summer, so I don't really remember one character having super short and cut off lines, but that's definitely a possibility- I think each character's parts are written for them, so I don't mind a change in writing from one character to the next.

It IS a big change from "Anybody Out There?" which is my favorite book, so I would go into it with absolutely no expectations of it being like any Walsh sisters book.