Thursday, January 11, 2007

'Roxanna Slade'

by Reynolds Price

(Book #1 for 2007; 4th book finished for the From the Stacks Challenge)

Roxanna begins her story on her twentieth birthday – a day that introduces her to the harsh realities of adulthood and changes the course of her life forever. From this day on, Roxanna is quick to share the intimate details of ninety years of life in North Carolina.

Not a great start to the year; this story of an “uneventful life” was rather …uneventful! Actually, that’s not entirely true as things did happen, but I never had an emotional reaction to anything that did. Mainly, I never warmed up to Roxanna, our fictional narrator sharing her life history, and found her naivety frustrating, and her tone occasionally condescending. This is most likely due to my modern perspective on things, as many reviewers or critics hail it as a wonderful Southern story, evocative of time and place. One reviewer on Amazon however, stated “the lack of character development among key, critical characters, the heavy-handed foreshadowing, the excruciating slow pace, and the unconvincing female voice” as the book’s flaws and essentially I’d have to agree. Perhaps if you’re from the South, or have some connection there, you would have quite a different experience with this book.

My Rating: 2/5

4 comments:

  1. Oh, dear! This sounds a bit like the Eudora Welty book I read last year. Have you read anything else by Reynolds Price that you can recommend?

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  2. Only garnished a rating of 2. UGH! Too bad you had to waste your time on this, but I appreciate you warning others. BTW, I think Les has a great idea concerning your bookmarks - bundling and selling them. I hope you sign them in some way so that when you are famous, I can brag, that I got mine free before the fame hit.

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  3. Ugh, I hate that. Its OK I started off the year with residue from last year.

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  4. Les - This is the first book of his I've read so I can't say how it compares. I have to say I probably won't rush out to get any more, at the moment anyway.

    booklogged - it could just be a mismatch with me as several reviewers on Amazon really loved it! And I am a very stingy rater.
    For the bookmarks, LOL! I'll make sure to stamp the back!

    nessie - it's ok, I'm glad to have got it off the stacks, now to find it a new home.

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