Tuesday, April 13, 2010
52 Books in 52 Weeks: The Glass Lake
Alright. So you read my glowing review of Echoes and I pledged to name my future daughter, should there be one, Maeve. I loved it that much. And indeed, there have been several Maeve Binchy books that I have loved.
I guess if I'd read The Glass Lake before I read Echoes, I'd have loved it at least as much. Or maybe if I'd waited a few years to read The Glass Lake after having read Echoes. Here's the thing: The Glass Lake? Is almost exactly like Echoes.
Both novels feature young girls who grow up and overcome the odds. I won't give away details because truly, both books are worth reading, but there are A LOT of similarities between the books. It's like she had a formula and just plugged in a few different names and life circumstances and ta-daaaa, the publishers were happy. Sigh.
At the same time though, The Glass Lake IS a good book and the storyline IS compelling and I AM glad I read it. And I did start YET ANOTHER Maeve Binchy book a few days later, which I'm in the middle of now. If I have to read about one more person pulling pints I am going to pull out my hair. It's time for a break from Binchy!