Just a quick bookworm update for you all..
As most of you know I had been reading The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet by Colleen McCullough.
I wish I could say it was a good read, I’d have settled for interesting even but I’m afraid it was neither of those. I read over 100 pages and I had to give up on the book. I really hate having to abandon a book and I can’t recall the last time I’ve done that !
This book centers around the life of Mary Bennet, which in itself could be interesting to read but this writer took all the personalities of Pride and Prejudice and changed them completely so they resembled their Pride and Prejudice characters in name only ! Now I wouldn’t expect any writer to write a sequel to Pride and Prejudice and do it as well as the original but I would have expected the main characters to have at least held something of their personality otherwise whats the point in writing a sequel, was the character of Mary Bennet picked as she was known and so help book sales..it seems like that as any semblance is gone from the Mary Bennet we all knew in Pride and Prejudice despite the lapse of 20 years.
The book was supposed to be about Mary Bennet and her wish some 20 years on to live a life of being an independent author but it centered as much around Elizabeth and Darcy as it did Mary. The constant referral of Darcy as “Fitz” through the book was just grating.
Ms McCullough has stated she wanted to tweak the noses of literati and perhaps she has done with this book but at the expense of writing a book about characters she has no understanding of and she shows her ignorance of the era for women. Yes its easy to read up on historical events of the time, anyone could do that but to capture what women of the time would be doing and not doing was a stretch I found for Ms McCullough.
In short this book was a travesty and not just for Jane Austen fans !
I have moved onto The DoveKeepers by Alice Koffman
From Goodreads :
Blends mythology, magic, archaeology and women. Traces four women, their path to the Masada massacre. In 70 CE, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on a mountain in the Judean desert, Masada. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived.
Four bold, resourceful, and sensuous women come to Masada by a different path. Yael’s mother died in childbirth, and her father never forgave her for that death. Revka, a village baker’s wife, watched the horrifically brutal murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her twin grandsons, rendered mute by their own witness. Aziza is a warrior’s daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and expert marksman, who finds passion with another soldier. Shirah is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power. The four lives intersect in the desperate days of the siege, as the Romans draw near. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets — about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.
More on this when I’m done..
Book Count totals:
Whats in a Name 6 challenge : 3/6
To Be Read Challenge : 1/12
Library Book Reading Challenge : 1/12
Total Books Read Personal Challenge 2013 : 3/12