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Showing posts from November, 2018

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

I lead off with embarrassment, as ever, for my neglect of this blog, a constant millstone – an apt metaphor given the crisis point of the novel – around my neck. In my defense, I’m trying to move house, so I’m a bit busy. For the plaintiff, I’m never really that busy and could probably have caught up to date if I hadn’t chosen to play Minecraft with my son or watch GoT in my spare time instead. C’est la vie, such as it is.
So, here goes a pretty longshot review, without the benefit of the original text to which to refer, and with little or no enthusiasm for the book itself.
The gist here is that some provincial bumpkin with a strong family name but no cash to match gets picked to be the wife of an apparently wealthy Amsterdam businessman and adventurer (both in the literal sense of loving travel and exploration and the figurative and, in Holland at least, heathen and perverted sexual sense), and moves to live with him and his sister, a seemingly cold would-be dowager with her own dark s…