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After reading The Hearts Invisible Furies I knew I would see this one through to the end. I liked, hated then loved that book. I found the sex at times a bit too much. I almost put it down but remembered how I felt after the last book. So I kept on and was rewarded with a book I really liked. I also appreciated the different narrators and enjoyed the chapters with Maurice at the end. While I didn't enjoy reading about all the sex, I understood that it was a big part of Maurice and his power of people.
This book goes in my top 10 of all time. I loved Eleanor and I do believe the people that didn't like the book didn't read far enough. I laughed out loud and found my heart breaking for her - for her loneliness. When she would talk to herself out loud to make sure she was really there. When she thanked the woman for making her shiny! So many moments . . .
I was intrigued by the beginning of this book but I could not stand the middle. Kept waiting and hoping it would be more then Cyril and his sex life. I almost gave up but kept going back to my Goodreads reviews and people so loved this book. I'm glad I stuck with it. I enjoyed the last 3rd of the book and how other characters came in and out of his life. I wish more time was spent with Mrs. Goggin (I would like a book on her whole life) and Bastiaan and Ignac. I think Maude and Charles were my favorites - so funny!
First, I live in a suburb of Cleveland and reading about Shaker Heights we cool. I don't think it dragged at all and I loved how all the storylines started to converge at the end. I thought the ending was perfect for the book. The book would not have made sense if it ended in a neat little bow. Great read.