A good read

Sunday, February 27, 2005

The Stone Diaries

This was our Reading Club book choice for February and to be quite honest,I never really warmed to this book. It's a chronicle of Daisy Goodwill Flett's life starting from her extraordinary birth, her idyllic childhood in Canada, relocation to US in her teens, her brief marriage in her twenties, moving back to Canada to marry again the man she grew up thinking of as an uncle, raising her family, a brief career as a journalist and finally moving back to the US to die in her old age.
There is nothing remarkable about Daisy or her life, indeed it is so ordinary that is almost commonplace. Perhaps that is why, I never quite got into the story. Because I was always expecting something to happen and it never did!
However, there are quite a few quirky figures who populate Daisy's life - an obese mother who dies during childbirth, a father who builds a memorial to his wife and become obsessed with it, a father-in-law who quits Canada for the Orkney islands in his sixties , a place he left in his teens for Canada, and then goes on to live for another six decades, Mrs. Flett, a neighbour who raises Daisy as her own child while walking away from her husband to set up home in a different town...there was no shortage of colourful characters in a story about a girl whose life, oddly seemed to have none of it.


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