21 Jul
Borzoi Book/Alfred A. Knopf  - a registered trademark of Random House 2002 First Edition soft cover 555 pages Macabre Gothic Suspense Fiction

Borzoi Book/Alfred A. Knopf – a registered trademark of Random House 2002
First Edition soft cover 555 pages
Macabre Gothic Suspense Fiction

Tartt’s second book starts out with an anxious anticipation of what is to come. Then, right around page 140, I’m thrashing about in just so much unnecessary muck and mire, that I begin to lose interest. I became distracted by unnecessary verbiage and found myself flipping over pages just to get back to the heart of the matter when in reason, there didn’t seem to be a ‘heart of the matter’.

I was ready to put the book down, unfinished, when something happened. Something so inconsequential and written with such clarity, that a simple sequence of events thrust me back into my own youthful dalliances, and I began to fly. I was back in the fray. Tartt’s prose of outstanding quality, ensnared me anew.

If you’re interested in drifting back into the memories of your own childhood with such lucidity that you simply forget you’re reading, or if you so desire to relish in the deepness of a decadence that only the usage of the right words could enthuse, then you must read this book. If, on the other hand, you want to be blown away by a story that slowly unreels before you – don’t bother. The plot, if you can call it that, gives new meaning to the words, ‘what just happened’. This thriller, suspense, mystery, unfortunately, trails off into the sunset with more questions than answers.

I suppose the brilliance of The Secret History so blinded me that I just missed the luster of what was supposed to be The Little Friend (?). Or maybe that was the point: confuse them with so much joie de vivre that they forget the reason they began reading in the first place. To be fair, I believe that’s what happened to me. So never mind. Read the book for yourself and draw your own conclusion.

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3 Responses to “THE LITTLE FRIEND”

  1. Lady Fancifull July 23, 2014 at 8:59 p07 #

    I must admit that I really was disappointed with this one, and it was immediately taken to the charity shop, once I had finished it – it was one I bought, in hardback, as soon as i could, on the strength of Secret History.

    Mind you, she redeemed herself forever in my book with The Goldfinch, which will no doubt be re-read at least once, before she brings out Tartt number 4, in i guess 2025 or so!

  2. WORDMAN July 23, 2014 at 8:59 p07 #

    And here I thought it was just me …. thanks for the comment Lady!


  1. THE GOLDFINCH | WORDMAN - November 3, 2014

    […] books, in long-hand, over the span of three decades – give or take: The Secret History 1992; The Little Friend 2002; and this one, The Goldfinch […]

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