Sunday, 24 April 2016


Dull, plodding, over-long - and proof that all the right ingredients (London and Oxford, 1945) don't necessarily add up to a good read. Was hoping this would be an undemanding but enjoyable read for the weekend but it's writing-by-numbers. After I'd begun, I remembered that I was none too keen on the same author's Half of the Human Race; but this new one is worse. Now filed under 'life's too short' and it will probably go back to the library unfinished.

3 comments:

Toffeeapple said...

I shall remember not to buy it Mary, thank you.

The universal cabinet said...

I found his Curtain Call very plodding too, and the whole thing generally a bit too pat with the period cliches. Shame, as his fans seem to really enjoy his writing but I can't get into it.

mary said...

I think what I dislike, Universal Cabinet, is the over-explaining of period detail - which,of course, you don't get in books written at the time.