Ivan Markovic Markovic من عند Division No. 16, AB, كندا
So old-school English literature is really not my bag. Maybe because I'm a Gemini and we like things new (the lamest excuse, I know). Of course, I think if I knew enough about it to make educated choices (and it started showing up on the "New Releases" fiction wall at the BPL), I could really dig this stuff. Which is to say, I enjoyed "Room With A View." I do enjoy the whole detached-social-commentary thing (more contemporary example I enjoyed: "The Last Resort," by Carmen Posadas). My only complaint is how the first portion of the book DRAGS. He narrates that whole portion with the sort of vague, discreet politesse that I think he's also using to critique certain characters (if that's not too meta). Truth be told, there were a handful of times when I wasn't sure who had said what to who, or what exactly had actually happened. But there's a sly humor even in that first portion that I really enjoyed. He was interested in the sudden friendship between women so apparently dissimilar as Miss Bartlett and Miss Lavish... Miss Lavish he believed he understood, but Miss Bartlett might reveal unknown depths of strangeness, though not, perhaps, of meaning.