Saturday, 4 December 2010

Tree/House - Jessica Knauss

Upon the death of her strange and distant husband, Emma awakens into a world full of possibility. With the help of a vagrant who camps on her property, Emma comes to understand that her life, up to this point, has been little more than a bad dream. Does she have the courage and the strength to move on and create her own life, by her own rules? A fast and fascinating read that will leave you wondering about the pink kitchen sponge.

I actually enjoyed this book during the first two parts, but the last one was a bit of a let down. It started off as a slightly sad tale about a woman who was floating through college, unsure of where she was going in life, who ended up marrying her college professor because he was infatuated with her. Her marriage is stifling and boring and while her husband can spout romantic poetry he is unable to satisfy her in any other way. In the end, he loves Shakespeare more than her loves Emma, and she finds herself not terribly upset when he dies tragically. The novella starts with the aftermath of his funeral and then goes back to show how Emma and Franklin met. However, the last section became rather ridiculous and unbelievable. While the character of Geraldine, a vagrant who lives in one of the trees on Emma's estate, was quirky and interesting, all of the events in the final section involving her became more and more obscure. I won't spoil anything for you, but so much happened all at once that I was disappointed and this has made me drop my rating of this novella. It is an interesting tale and very well written, so if you're looking for something quirky and a little bizarre then I would recommend this. 6/10

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