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Paula Spencer
Paula Spencer
Author: Roddy Doyle
Ten years after the bestselling The Woman Who Walked into Doors, Roddy Doyle resurrects one of his greatest characters — When Roddy Doyle published The Woman Who Walked into Doors in 1996, critics and readers alike hailed it as a tour de force of literary ventriloquism that captured both the vulnerability and strength of a th...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780670038169
ISBN-10: 0670038164
Publication Date: 12/28/2006
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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4.4 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Viking Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 0
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It was certainly a fast read. Still there were a few things about it that bothered me. First of all, it didn't seem to be the type of sequel that was meant to be read immediately after its predecessor - mostly in the disconnect between how _The Woman Who Walked Into Doors_ was written in first-person, whereas this was written in third-person. I'm not quite sure about the reasoning behind that difference... and also, it did quite a bit of summarizing the first book - and many of those shocking images were repeated here. Not verbatim, but close. And, my own personal pet peeve - no chapters!! Which was surprising how this was much more of a novel than _The Woman Who Walked Into Doors_ - time passed in a linear fashion. And while there were answers to some of the loose ends of the first book (her older son's future is answered), in regards to her relationship with her children, this one felt more unfinished in a way. I suppose because the reconciliations that the book seemed to be leading up to never quite happened. And maybe that makes it more realistic, but it was still a bit of a disappointment. I guess the first one was just more of a piece of art to me, and this one was just a novel, if that makes any sense at all. Mostly, I was angry at the dust jacket for giving away information that didn't happen until the end of the book.
Now, all of that's not to say that I didn't like the book - quite the contrary, I did enjoy it, just not as much as TWWWID. And I am looking forward to continuing to read his work.


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