Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
BEACH BOOK OF THE SUMMER SO FAR!
What’s it about?
Curtis Sittenfeld has written a modern day retelling of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"- Mr. Darcy and all. Having a strong affinity for anything Jane Austen, I was a little skeptical. Who could possibly do justice to such a classic? It is hard to write romance without being cheesy, and Ms. Austen was the master. Austen had such wit and social commentary. Who would even attempt this? I was pleasantly surprised!
What did it make me think about?
Who thinks when they are reading a good romance... you just enjoy the story and root for Liz Bennett and Mr. Darcy to realize that they are meant for each other!
Should I read it?
This is a light, fun, beach read! The first 50 pages I was still trying to keep all the characters straight, but once you figure out who is who, then the book is just delightful. Ms. Sittenfeld writes with wit and charm, and although I still say you can't beat "Pride and Prejudice"- this book is a good tribute to the original. It was also fun to see the story set in present day Cincinnati.
"She hunched over, her elbows pressed against her thighs, her hands covering her face, and tears and mucus cascaded down as she wept and wept and wept. After an indeterminate amount of time, a tentative voice said, "Honey?" Liz looked up.
It was a slim, middle-aged black woman who also appeared to be exercising: she wore sturdy white walking shoes, shorts, and a T-shirt featuring the University of Cincinnati Bearcat. "Are you okay, honey?"
Liz ran her palm upward over her nostrils. I'm heartbroken," she said, because it seemed the most succinct way of conveying the facts.
"Oh, honey." The woman shook her head. "Aren't we all?"
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8 1/2 stars
best of spring/summer 2017
best of winter
best of summer 2014
last spring favorites
on my nightstand
edge of your seat
― Charles William Eliot
3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!