Lillelara

Lillelara

"A half finished book is, after all, a half finished love affair"
                 - Robert Frobischer (Cloud Atlas)

Review
1.5 Stars
Penhallow
Penhallow - Georgette Heyer

I went into Penhallow thinking that this was a murder mystery. I was wrong about that. This was a bleak and depressing drama about a dysfunctional family, a family drama which I didn´t enjoy.

 

And I tend to like  stories about dysfunctional families and I don´t mind bleak stories. But there is just a certain amount of bleakness that I can stomach. 230-250 or maybe 300 pages, that is enough. But Heyer goes on for 430 pages, dragging her characters through the mud and without a moment of reprieve for them. Everything is bleak, bleak, bleak ... all the time. And not a single one of these characters were likable, so they deserved what they got. But the negativity that went on and on and on for pages upon pages really got to me in the end and at some point I became competely and utterly annoyed by this book. 

 

Btw, old Penhallow dies on page 300. Heyer could easily have killed him of after 100 pages and so and I think I would have liked this book in the end. Definitely not a book that I would recommend to anyone.

Reading progress update: I've read 35 out of 259 pages.
Im Westen nichts Neues: Roman. Ohne Materialien - Thomas Schneider, Erich Maria Remarque

My aunt has found military passports from my great grandfather. He was as a soldier during WWI and he was involved in the German Spring Offensive in 1918, since it is stated in his passport that he has participated in the Große Schlacht von Frankreich, also known as the Kaiserschlacht. In the second WWII he was to old to get into active combat, so he got appointed to the Landwehr and he had to patrol the German-Danish border (if I understood my aunt correctly). 

Looking at these passport, one of them being 102 years old, was fascinating, And I felt inspired to pick up "Im Westen nichts Neues", one of the great books about WWI. 

Reading progress update: I've read 26 out of 320 pages.
My Family and Other Animals - Gerald Durrell

"Ah, Spiro!" they would say, and smile at him affectionally as though he were a naughty but loveable child. They respected his honesty and his belligerence, and above all the adored his typical Greek scorn and fearlessness, when dealing with any form of governmental red tape.

 

As he demonstrates when a custom official holds back cases of Mrs. Durrells and the customs official points out that this is his duty to do so:

 

"I know you, Christaki, sos donts you go talkings about dutys to me. I remembers when you was fined twelve thousand drachmas for dynamitings fish. I won´t have any criminal talkings to me about dutys."

We rode back from the customs in triumph, all our luggage intact and unexamined.

"thems bastards thinks they owns the islands," was Spiro´s comment. He seemed quite unaware of the fact that he was acting as though he did.

 

This is fun and the characters seem to be quirky in a non annoying way. At least I´m not annoyed by them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 282 out of 282 pages.
Strong Poison - Dorothy L. Sayers

This was such a great read :D

Reading progress update: I've read 242 out of 282 pages.
Strong Poison - Dorothy L. Sayers

After this book Mrs. Climpson has become my favorite character ever. She is amazing!

Reading progress update: I've read 53 out of 304 pages.
Strong Poison - Dorothy L. Sayers

Already loving it. Lord Peter is such a sweetheart. And Mrs. Climpson having her big moment in court made me chuckle.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 33 out of 304 pages.
Strong Poison - Dorothy L. Sayers

"I wish I had known that girl," replied the Dowager, in her usual indirect manner, " so interesting and a really remarkable face, though perhaps not strictly good-looking, and all the more intesting for that, because good-looking people are so often cows. I have been reading one of her books, really quite good and so well-written, and I didn´t guess the murdered till page 200, rather clever, because I usually do it about page 15. [...]"

 

Hehe, the Dowager Duchess. I really missed her in the last books.

Reading progress update: I've read 408 out of 408 pages.
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

If the rest of the book would have been as riveting as the last 80 pages and the main character would have been less annoying, I would have liked this book much more than I actually did. But as it is, this book has merely been an ok read for me.

Reading progress update: I've read 207 out of 408 pages.
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

Did she know I had noticed? I had made no outward sign. But I had noticed. Today Miss Winter had said I.

 

Wow, Margaret had finally realized it as well. Miss Winter has done that for quite some time now. 

I´m sure there is a deeper meaning behind but to be honest, I don´t care.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 431 out of 431 pages.
Penhallow - Georgette Heyer

In the end I really didn´t like this book. And now there is only one thing I need:

 

[Source]

Reading progress update: I've read 399 out of 431 pages.
Penhallow - Georgette Heyer

It´s not enough that this book is depressing to begin with, but now it has become ridicilously depressing. 

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 363 out of 431 pages.
Penhallow - Georgette Heyer

"Yes, but, Bart-love, [...]"

 

Urgh .... Loveday using that nickname makes me really wish that she is the murderer.

Reading progress update: I've read 228 out of 431 pages.
Penhallow - Georgette Heyer

Oh my gosh, that whole episode with Raymond made me physically sick. I need a cup of comforting, hot tea right now.

 

Seriously, it´s about time that the old man kicks the bucket. And yet I think Heyer might not be done with giving us even more strong motives for killing Penhallow off. The way she is setting up the story, everyone might be the killer in the end.

Reading progress update: I've read 123 out of 448 pages.
Penhallow - Georgette Heyer

"He shouldn´t have done that," agreed Clara. "But there! He was always one to enjoy his bit of fun, and nothin´ ever tickles him more than to shock people. [...]"

 

Urgh, these people. I can´t fathom that everyone basically is okay with Penhallows behaviour. The old devil thrives on spite.

Reading progress update: I've read 98 out of 448 pages.
Penhallow - Georgette Heyer

"I must say, I should have thought there were more than enough people living here already," remarked Vivian, getting up to take Eugène´s empty cup from him, and carrying it to Clara to be replenished.

"Thank you, my sweet," he murmured. "Not quite so much milk this time, please, Aunt Clara. I do wish you would move away from the fire, Ingram; I am feeling very chilly, and I got up with the suspicion of a cold in my head this morning."

"Eugène! You never told me!" Vivian said quickly. "Are you sure you´re all right? I thought you didn´t look quite so well today, but put it down to the wretched night you had. Ingram, can´t you sit down? You´re screening all the warmth from Eugène!

 

What to you think, BT? Boot brush for both of them?

Reading progress update: I've read 61 out of 448 pages.
Penhallow - Georgette Heyer

"[...]- but I can´t bear listening to other people´s troubles: they´re always so boring."

 

... says the hypochondriac.

 

Honestly, everyone who has been born a Penhallow is vile, selfinvolved and petty. And old Penhallow has just allienated his wife and his daughter in law over a glass of claret at 11 o´clock in the morning. 

 

This book is oddly entertaining so far. Apparently, books with horrible families in it are the right books for me. Whatever this says about me.

 

 

 

 

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