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The Little Friend - Donna Tartt. Worth sticking with?

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Thewhingingdefective Sat 12-Jan-13 16:45:42

I am kind of enjoying it, but making such slow progress that I am losing the will. Is it really a great book I should hang on in there with or do I shelve it?

DuchessofMalfi Sat 12-Jan-13 17:04:03

I read it a few years ago and enjoyed it immensely. It isn't as good as The Secret History but I'd say definitely carry on with it and just enjoy Donna Tartt's writing.

Keeping my fingers crossed that one day she'll publish another novel smile

pictish Sat 12-Jan-13 17:04:54

Oh yes hanf g on in there. I enjoyed it, but it is a slow burner. x

pictish Sat 12-Jan-13 17:05:22

hanf g?

DieWilde13 Sat 12-Jan-13 17:07:30

It won't get any better sad

I love the Secret History, the Little Friend was such a letdown!

FloatyBeatie Sat 12-Jan-13 17:11:04

I liked The Little Friend. I don't think the weight of it is in the ending, though, just the whole sad trajectory of the thing.sad

It did leave me feeling a little as though I wanted to go and drown myself in murky water, but it achieved that effect with great skill, so hey.

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 12-Jan-13 17:11:26

Really enjoyed reading it, but the end just kind of splutters out like a damp firework. You end up with that kind of "oh" feeling.

I though The Secret History was the same, ending with not with a bang but with a whimper, but was generally more satisfying that The Little Friend.

KerryKetosis Sat 12-Jan-13 17:13:01

yep it's the "oh" feeling alright.

ditch it, life's too short.

Thewhingingdefective Sat 12-Jan-13 18:26:46

It is absorbing, but I don't feel it's going anywhere. I haven't read The Secret History. Maybe I should do that one first. I'm about 150 pages in to TLF - not even a third of the way through.

KerryKetosis Sat 12-Jan-13 20:50:53

the secret history is great! much more of a beginning, middle, end kind of story.

unlike TLF which is more beginning, middle...middle?

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sat 12-Jan-13 20:53:26

not really, no
i bought it when it came out, and have just finished it, at the third attempt
i found it too mired in the day to day fog of the family falling apart to be a proper pacey thriller, yet not focused enough on the relationships to make it work as a quieter sort of piece.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sat 12-Jan-13 20:58:43

I read it years ago and can remember precisely nothing about it. I don't think I thought much to it tbh. I read the other one too, which again I can remember little about but seem to think I liked it slightly more.

OneHolyCow Sun 13-Jan-13 10:23:19

O definitely ditch.. it made me so angry, it was weak and fuzzy. Did like the Secret History so felt terribly let down.

shriekingnora Sun 13-Jan-13 10:32:35

Ditch it - it's awful. I have been given THREE copies of it over the last few years. I have given every one to the charity shop. The Secret History is excellent though.

bran Sun 13-Jan-13 10:34:26

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Sunshinenow Sun 13-Jan-13 10:39:48

Awful. Ditch it. Loved The Secret History.

PuffPants Sun 13-Jan-13 10:42:46


Tedious book. Confusing, complicated, drawn-out. The only scene I can recall is the girl hiding from the nutter in a water tower...

hackmum Sun 13-Jan-13 14:16:20

I couldn't put The Secret History down. I put The Little Friend down lots of times, but kept ploughing in the hope that all would be revealed in the end. What a disappointment! Like PuffPants, the only scene I can recall is the water tower one - how odd.

Thewhingingdefective Sun 13-Jan-13 19:25:10

CharlottBrontesaurus I think you've hit the nail on the head.

I have ditched it.

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