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Not extraordinary, not to be discarded
on November 4, 2011
One, two, three sisters and their story ' that Eleanor Brown imagines and has tied up to the story of Macbeth (there, I said it!). I do not have a sister, so I cannot relate in terms of family dynamics and behaviorism, I cannot say if this or that is true. All the way through I felt like something is missing, and I wanted it to end, get it over with.
Don't get me wrong, the book is well written and it dwells on one of my fatal attractions, Shakespeare, as the father of the three is a Professor whose specialty is Shakespeare, and who is beyond passion obsessed with the bard. The three daughters are of course named accordingly: Rosalind, Bianca and Cordelia (Rose, Bean, Cordy). They find themselves reunited under the childhood roof and try to sort out their lives (they're all in some trouble, that's why they are back) under the pretext of helping their mother going through breast cancer treatment. (...)
The 'we' that the narrator uses, allegedly two sisters talking about the third one, is a great idea if you master it to perfection. Here you no longer know who is talking, you understand that when it's about Cordelia the other two are talking, except that sometimes they talk about things that they do not know yet, and since (I agree, it is tiresome and annoying to keep repeating 'we did not know that yet') the sentence is skipped, here and there things can get misleading.
The plot is simple but not to be discarded, the resolving of all evils nice and quietly inserted, in a somehow 'all is well when it ends well 'expected manner, the characters of the sisters are pinned in place, we get three distinct types finely build through past and present, you would like to pick favourites but you cannot as all three have traits that you recognize or admire.(...)
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