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Monday, July 23, 2007

Review: Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland

Posted by Irish in Adult, DNF, Review1 Comment

Review: Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan VreelandLuncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland
Published by Viking Adult on 03 May 2007
Genres: Adaptation, Adult, Historical, People & Places
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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Place(s) Traveled to: Paris, France (1880)

First Line: He rode the awkward steam-cycle along the ridge to catch glimpses of the domes and spires of Paris to the east, then turned west and careened headlong down the long steep hill toward the village of Bougival and the Seine.

This review will be a short one as this was one of those rare books in which I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it. There was a time that no matter what I would finish every book that I picked up – no matter how boring or how long it took. Then a few years ago I had a revelation…life is too short to waste on uninteresting books.

Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland definately feel into that catagory for me. I had a hard time even making it up to my 50 page minimum. The few characters I met were uninteresting. The descriptions seemed a little too wordy and drab.

A few years ago I had read Girl in Hyacynth Blue by the same author and the pages just flew by. So I was very disappointed when the same thing didn’t happen with this book. Perhaps the author is letting fame get to her head and when she used to write interesting books of ~250 pages she’s taken to trying to take a single painting and turning it into a long drawn out 500 page story.



One Response to “Review: Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland”

  1. QNPoohBear

    I’m sorry you didn’t like this book. I loved it! The details were fascinating and the description of the painting was wonderful. I really liked and felt for many of the characters. I loved this book so much, I read it twice and reviewed it for a class assignment.