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The Memory Keepter's Daughter. Nope. Don't get it.

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nkf Fri 21-Aug-09 14:28:01

Just finished it and baffled by its success. Interesting premise but so drearily written. Poor characterisation. Don't get it at all. What's the appeal?

TalkIsCheap Fri 21-Aug-09 14:30:19

I read it and found it disturbing and vair sad although poorly written

That's 2 days of my life I shan't get back hmm

nkf Fri 21-Aug-09 14:31:27

I know. I skim read the last bit and still felt I'd wasted time.

OrmIrian Fri 21-Aug-09 14:32:08

I quite enjoyed it funnily enough. I can't remember much of the details though.

MadreInglese Fri 21-Aug-09 14:35:06

Oh I liked it, very sad though

OrmIrian Fri 21-Aug-09 14:36:08

It did seem to go on and on though and meander a bit. Not exactly short and punchy.

midnightexpress Fri 21-Aug-09 14:36:13

Haven't read it because the title makes me think 'Time traveller's wife', 'Daughter of whereveritwas', 'Bookseller of Kabul'. It seems that 'The X of Y' is a particular genre of fiction now.

Although of those I have only read the beginning of the Time Traveller's Wife, which I hated, so I have no idea if there is actually any similarity between them at all, they just all seem to be sitting in the same area of lit fiction lite.

</sweeping gneralisation based on no actual facts>

OrmIrian Fri 21-Aug-09 14:37:05

OMG nooooo tis miles better than TTW. It didn't make me want to kill anyone for a start.

MadreInglese Fri 21-Aug-09 14:40:09

Well I also liked Time Traveler's Wife if that tells you anything midnightexpress smile

TalkIsCheap Fri 21-Aug-09 14:44:07

And I gave on the Thousand SUns book

Impenetrable, to me at least

nkf Fri 21-Aug-09 14:45:38

I know what you mean, Midnight Express. The Memory Keeper's Daughter The Time Traveller's Wife. The The Apothecary's Nephew. I made that last one up but it could easily be a real title.

ChasingSquirrels Fri 21-Aug-09 14:46:27

I enjoyed it, but I also found it interesting as my uncle was born around that time and has down's.

OrmIrian Fri 21-Aug-09 14:47:17

The Shoemaker's Great Aunt
The Quantity Surveyor's Nanny
The Rat Catcher's Friend of the family.....

nkf Fri 21-Aug-09 14:48:19

The Mumsnetter's Husband.

midnightexpress Fri 21-Aug-09 16:27:44

Ah yes, NFK, in which our zero hero takes himself off to India and buys a motorbike to cycle home through the bazaars of Samarkand, the alleyways of old Isanbul and the fleshpots of Berlin, leaving his wife alone with their newborn baby for 6 weeks?

The Apothecary's Nephew definitely plausible though.

Thelongroadhome Fri 21-Aug-09 16:36:30

I enjoyed it. Havent read any of those other ones though.

tiredOFTHEDMemma Fri 21-Aug-09 16:43:24

I thought that it was crap.

I liked 1000 splendid suns though.

NorksNappiesAndNowtElse Fri 21-Aug-09 16:45:23

I much preferred TTW to TMKD.

Something made me by the next book she had written, but didn't realise until I started the bloody thing that it was all short stories. Short stories with no sodding endings. angry

muggglewump Fri 21-Aug-09 16:48:43

I have this in my reading pile along with Splendid Suns and Kevin.
I just finished The Book Thief last night and not sure what to start next?

Maybe I'll go for the rubbishy Lisa Keyplas book instead!

SkaterGrrrrl Fri 21-Aug-09 17:05:01

"I much preferred TTW to TMKD."

Me too.

UnquietDad Fri 21-Aug-09 17:11:13

The Glassblower's Stepdaughter.
The Soothsayer of Azerbaijan.
The Paperweight Collector.

Easy, this, isn't it?

yada Fri 21-Aug-09 17:11:28

memory keepers daughter could have been so much better, good idea for a story but crap writing.

dont even bother watching the film, dh was not feeling great and had fallen asleep on me and i could not rach the control. i had to sit right through it as i did not want to wake him by moving him angry

janeite Fri 21-Aug-09 17:15:05

I read it in desperation on holiday last year and thought it was utter, utter shite.

I did like The TT's Wife though.

littlenamelessunrememberedacts Fri 21-Aug-09 17:21:13

The Horse-Leech of High Wycombe
The Toad Sexer's Tennis Partner

irritates the pants off me

elmofan Fri 21-Aug-09 17:28:37

oh i loved the book but i was very disappointed with the film ,

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