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The Uses of Enchantment
The Uses of Enchantment
Author: Heidi Julavits
In late afternoon on November 7, 1985, sixteen-year-old Mary Veal was abducted after field hockey practice at her all-girls New England prep school. Or was she? — A few weeks later an unharmed Mary reappears as suddenly and mysteriously as she disappeared, claiming to have little memory of what happened to her. Her socially ambitiou...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780385513234
ISBN-10: 0385513232
Publication Date: 10/1/2006
Pages: 368
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.

3.1 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Doubleday
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 2
A good premise very badly executed. There are no sympathetic or even vaguely realistic characters in this story. From the earliest pages you have no reason to care about any of the characters and you just want the book to end. The psychobabble dialogue is exhausting, and the fact that this is one of those books that ends with the tired "did this really happen, or not?" is just the last nail in its coffin.
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Helpful Score: 2
I could not get through this book. I told myself to give it 100 pages, but I couldn't even get that far. The author seemed to be trying too hard to be somewhat highbrow, but it came off as uppity. Also, I don't care for Freud and one of his cases ties into the story. I rarely quit on a book, and could have made myself finish it, but with so many books to read, why make myself miserable?
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Helpful Score: 2
This book was impossible to get through. I usually muddle through but I just couldn't do it with this book. The writing was over the top making each sentence a struggle just to get through. I have better things to do with my time and other books on my TBR list so I gave up and moved on.
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