Wednesday, December 28

Book Review: Dublin 4

Title: Dublin 4

Author: Maeve Binchy

Pages: EBook 135

Summary: A society hostess invites her husband’s mistress to dinner. A country girl savours the delights of city life. A student faces the dilemma of unmarried pregnancy. A drink-ridden photographer tries to relaunch a shattered career.

Dinner in Donneybrook
Flat in Ringsend
Decision in Belfield
Murmurs in Montrose

My Rating: 6.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The collection was okay, but it was definitely not my favourite by the author.  The writing quality was consistent and what you’d expect from the author, but the stories and the characters in them is what seemed off for me.

The first story in the collection was interesting and somewhat amusing, although I though some of the characters in it to be a bit ridiculous and extreme, the story as a whole was well done – I wish there was more to it, as I wanted more by the end of it.

The other three, didn’t do it for me and the characters were a bit dense and unbelievable in the other stories, while some had some good topics in them, the characters fell through, their lack of growth affected the story and how I felt about them in the end, and to be blunt, I found them to be very dimwitted, how the viewed the situations the way the reacted to them – didn’t work for me. The characters in this collection didn’t work for me.

Overall, not my favourite by the author and it was not what I’ve learned to expect from her either, while it wasn’t terrible, it wasn’t a great read either.

Would I recommend it to read: I’m not sure I’d recommend this particular book, it just didn’t have that same appeal to it as her other works.

What to read next: I’d read more Binchy, this particular book wasn’t the best but she has loads of others well worth reading. Marian Keyes is another one worth reading.

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