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The Little Friend - Donna Tartt

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magimedi Sat 20-Jun-15 07:42:54

Is a kindle deal of the day at 99p. (Sat June 20th)

It's her second book & I didn't enjoy it very much & many people felt the same.

But, it's so cheap that you might want to give it a go!

PacificDogwood Sat 20-Jun-15 07:45:21

Hi, magi smile

I don't like to say it out loud, but I did not really enjoy The Goldfinch all that much - well written, but I could not warm to any of the characters. So, I don't think I'll get that one, but you've prompted me to look at the other Kindle deals, so thanks.

magimedi Sat 20-Jun-15 07:47:12

I loved the Goldfinch, especially all the stuff in the desert.

I am weird, however!!

PacificDogwood Sat 20-Jun-15 07:50:31

Oh gawd, no the desert, I could not stand it grin
I am weird too, but clearly different-weird!

Did you ever get in to David Mitchell's books? Cloud Atlas, Ghostwritten etc?
That's my kinda weird. And gives me creativity envy….

magimedi Sat 20-Jun-15 08:00:55

Could not stand Cloud Atlas.

We are certainly differently weird.................

PacificDogwood Sat 20-Jun-15 08:04:49

You couldn't stand Cloud Atlas?! I may need to reconsider our MN friendship shockwinkgrin

Variety is the spice of life.

Where do you stand on Kate Atkinson? Scenes at the Museum etc?

Sorry, I am derailing your thread, aren't I? blush

magimedi Sat 20-Jun-15 08:09:49

Loved Behind the Scenes at the Museum, but don't like her Jackson Brodie novels.

How about Catch 22? That book is my nemesis - I can't tell you the times I have started it & have still to get beyond page 60!!

cunchofbunts Sat 20-Jun-15 08:11:13

Loved The Goldfinch but it took me eight tries before I could finish The Little Friend.

PacificDogwood Sat 20-Jun-15 08:17:11

I want to marry Jackson Brodie. Well, maybe not, he's too dysfunction, but I could have an affair with him??

Catch-22 is genius grin

PacificDogwood Sat 20-Jun-15 08:17:30


magimedi Sat 20-Jun-15 08:20:45

I adored Wolf Hall................... one of the best books I have ever read. Her prose is just amazing.

wtffgs Sat 20-Jun-15 08:22:18

I much preferred The Little Friend to Tartt's bestseller The Secret History smile

PacificDogwood Sat 20-Jun-15 08:25:55

Oh, I loved Wolf Hall too - yay, we found common reading ground! grin

magimedi Sat 20-Jun-15 08:28:27

Hooray! Must go - off to Brighton for a meet up of MN Vaping Vipers!!

beavington Sat 20-Jun-15 08:29:54

Thanks magi ive just been recommended this on another thread but it wasnt in my library smile

PacificDogwood Sat 20-Jun-15 08:30:14

Have fun! smile

Eliza22 Sat 20-Jun-15 13:14:08

I loved Tarte's The Secret History but couldn't get into The Little Friend at all. I keep looking at it longingly.... As I SHOULD love it. But I just can't drag myself back to it.

MitzyLeFrouf Sat 20-Jun-15 21:25:13

I thought The Little Friend started well but halfway through it felt as though Tartt had lost all interest and was just finishing the book under sufferance.

prorsum Sat 20-Jun-15 21:25:48

The beginning of The Little Friend is fantastic, then it changes pace abruptly. I found it worth sticking with though and I like it better than The Secret History, which I loved.

AbbeyRoadCrossing Sat 20-Jun-15 21:28:29

I'm about 200 pages into The Little Friend and struggling. Is it worth finishing?

MitzyLeFrouf Sat 20-Jun-15 21:30:18

I'd say no but prorsum will probably say yes grin

prorsum Sat 20-Jun-15 21:31:21

Imo, yes. I'm a bit worried you haven't been grabbed by the beginning of book though, if you're not enjoying it, dump it.

AbbeyRoadCrossing Sat 20-Jun-15 21:34:38

I like reading it, but then I put it down and realise nothing's happened if that makes sense. I'll probably finish it, I hate not finishing!

dingalong Sat 20-Jun-15 21:38:22

I liked 'the little friend'. It reminded me of a modern day to kill a mockingbird in some ways, I didn't enjoy her new novel though I desperately wanted to and gave it away to my ill sil before I'd finished.

prorsum Sat 20-Jun-15 21:41:34

Iirc the beginning sets out the characters, Donna could do with a better editor.

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