Friday, April 29, 2011

 

Was Is It About This Writer?

Susan Vreeland, Clara and Mr. Tiffany: I picked this up because I had read The Forest Lover, given to me by my sister years ago. I’m interested in Emily Carr and found that book pretty good, though now, after Clara, remember that I had to get over the writing style, which I found awkward in some way. This feeling was worse with Clara: was it overly writer-y? arch, somehow? I didn’t believe the main character, at least, was of her time (turn of the century NYC)—though, to be fair, who knows how a woman of that time and type would describe the world to herself? I certainly didn’t “cry over the glory of women’s work” as one blurber said. On the contrary, the detailed descriptions of cutting and setting and glass in general got a bit tedious—I could never picture it. My conclusion? Meh.

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