I loved Notes on a Scandal, so was really looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately I was very disappointed.
The writing style seemed much more intelligent than Notes on a Scandal, but it quickly started to focus on politics and religion – two topics which I hate reading about.
The central character, Rosa, has to be one of the most annoying characters I have ever read about:
I’m afraid that I couldn’t tolerate her abusive remarks on top of the politics and religion, so I gave up after about 100 pages. I need to enjoy or be educated by the books I read, and I’m afraid this one just annoyed me too much. If you enjoy books which focus on politics and religion, and can cope with a book whose central character is really irritating, then this book is really well written, and packed with thought provoking sentences. It is just such a shame that the writing made me want to throw the book at the wall every five minutes! Not for me at all!!
Did you love Notes on a Scandal?
Have you read any other books written by Zoe Heller?
Can you finish a book which you find really annoying?