I'm finding it hard to get into My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You

(16 Posts)
Lighthousekeeping Wed 11-Sep-13 20:34:49

Is it just me? It all seems very familiar.

highlandcoo Wed 11-Sep-13 22:32:33

I really loved this book. Slightly reminded me of Atonement - but I preferred MDIWTTY. Worth persevering with IMO.

Lighthousekeeping Wed 11-Sep-13 22:34:45

It's Atonement it's reminding me off. Does it pick up?

alto1 Wed 11-Sep-13 22:36:39

Stick with it. Astonishingly good.

Lighthousekeeping Wed 11-Sep-13 22:43:48

I can see it on telly.

DuchessofMalfi Thu 12-Sep-13 06:41:56

It's an incredibly moving novel, especially the bits about the plastic surgery. I was in tears. One of the best novels I've read I recent years. It moved me far more than Birdsong did.

DuchessofMalfi Thu 12-Sep-13 06:42:58

That should read in recent years. Stupid autocorrect grin

mimbleandlittlemy Thu 12-Sep-13 15:35:55

Do go on with it, it really is worth it.

If you do and are then interested in the plastic surgery aspect I would recommend Toby's Room by Pat Barker as it covers the same hospital but with more detail about the work they did there.

DuchessofMalfi Thu 12-Sep-13 18:05:08

I found this recently and, whilst some of the pictures are very upsetting, it really helped me to understand what kind of facial reconstruction happened. Not all of them had a good outcome. Link to archive photos of WW1 plastic surgery/reconstruction

itsallshitandmoreshit Fri 13-Sep-13 07:13:55

I found it incredibly dull. 'Wet' was the adjective that described it for me. I never got into it or grew to care about the characters, it remained a chore all the way through. The plot was slow and grinding. I was glad when it was finished.

The two friends of mine who are avid readers like me didn't enjoy it at all either.

It's got lots of fans but a fair few haters smile

itsallshitandmoreshit Fri 13-Sep-13 07:15:52

Mind you I couldn't stand Atonement so maybe that's it? Loved Birdsong though.

Lighthousekeeping Fri 13-Sep-13 09:51:47

I'm 3/4 through. I can't take to him at all.

Lighthousekeeping Fri 13-Sep-13 15:14:23

It was alright. I didn't feel emotionally involved with any of tj at all. It will be on telly soon I imagine,

awaynboilyurheid Fri 13-Sep-13 16:06:48

No wasnt impressed by it either, wouldnt bother persevering if I were you, but feeling that with a lot of reading material recently so might be just me, really want to read something gripping but this certainly wasnt it.

Lighthousekeeping Fri 13-Sep-13 16:24:32

I've finished. They were wet. That's a good description. There was no oomph in any of them. Even when at war. I will be leaving it in my holiday villa. It's not worth taking home.

thesixteenthtry Thu 19-Sep-13 20:54:51

It starts off pleasant then turns harrowing.
I can't bear poor writing but this is very very good. I kept pausing to re read something beautifully or powerfully described. The WW1 details are all correct and authentic. I found the characters convincing, not reacting the expected way and as varied and difficult as real people would be in awful times.
They all end up with the right partner but their troubles are far far from over as the years of war have damaged them all.
I read it in 2 days, cried many times, won't forget it.

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