Sunday, August 11, 2013
I'm fascinated by witch trials, and I'm always looking for good fiction about them. I love Winterson's humor and gorgeous writing, so this seemed like a perfect match. I expect books about witch trials to be more interesting than they tend to be, but I forget that the antagonists in those stories are puritans and puritans are BORING!
That being said, this book gets and overall "pretty good" from me. It's a very short book. I read it in a couple of hours (on Kindle, so I couldn't really tell if the pages were sparsely worded but I'm guessing so). More of a novella, really.
I find Winterson one of the most quotable authors I've ever read, but I didn't get any of that from this book. The writing was simple, which was fine, but I have a certain expectation when reading her, and that wasn't met. There was humor in this book, though very subtle. I enjoyed that aspect very much.
There were a couple of fun surprises, so while this isn't a masterpiece, it's definitely worth reading.