11.11.2006

Book Review: The Keep



The Keep by Jennifer Egan

What an odd book.

This has been described as "deliciously creepy", but I have to say, I don't agree. I was drawn in by the cover and a few positive reviews I'd read online, and thought a dark and gothic novel, set in a castle in Eastern Europe, would be a nice change of pace from my normal fare.

Instead, I found myself a bit disappointed, and a touch confused, by the plot that spins around itself. Though some of Egan's descriptions and prose is wonderful, I was completely put off by some of the "narrator's" mediocre writing and the style she used to insert dialogue between characters, which I found jarring and annoying. The ending left me cold, and I didn't care what happened to a single character in the novel, which is never a good sign for me.

Though intriguing at first, by the end I simply didn't care. Not my cup of tea...

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