Wednesday, December 20, 2006
147. "Desperate Characters" ~ Paula Fox
Desperate characters, indeed.
Originally published in 1970, this book engages the ridiculous and mundane lives of middle-class couple, Otto and Sophie Bentwood. Aging and childless, they search for some meaning amidst the mediocrity.
Every character is familiar, whether it's the drunk on the street or the friend engulfed in her own relationship melodramas. And while each character is bankrupt with faults, it's difficult to hold back empathy.
A bit heavy on the adverbs, but that's just the composition/ creative writing teacher in me complaining.
3.0 out of 5.0 XYs.
Posted by Kristin at 12:21 PM