Wednesday, January 27, 2010
World Enough and Time a Romantic Novel by Robert Penn Warren this is the last book I was supposed to read for the Southern reading challenge but I didn't actually finish it. Well not until now anyway. It's historical fiction that describes the lead up to a murder. Why did it take me so long? The narrator a historian wanders his way through discussions of all sorts of things that aren't really germane to the plot. Long historical asides that go on and on. The characters themselves, although interesting are infuriating. Particularly the female lead who is unable or unwilling to just explain what she wants. The male lead interprets her warnings to go away by deciding he needs to revenge her on a former friend of his who did the woman wrong. What I was expecting was a morality tale but that collapses in the last hundred pages where instead of going to the gallows he is rescued.