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What did you think of the ending of the book?? I was a bit puzzled and unsure about it. I was expecting some sort of dramatic climax, I guess, though unsure as to what it might be. So I was surprised when it just of muddled about for a bit and drifted off very gently.

I guess it was a hopeful ending. Charles seems to have come to some sort of acceptance of his own past and no longer be driven by whatever internal demons were compelling him onwards. He seemed happy to let others do their own thing, rather than needing things to revolve around himself so much....

Still not sure about it though. Did anyone else find it satisfying, or disappointing?

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argh! i am not liking this book, i already just want to drown the little twit..and the women are so lacking in substance.. but perhaps when i finish it, which is taking me a long time since i really don't care about Charles and just wish he would go for one swim too many.. love the house though and the descriptions of food and the sea.. is R... alive or dead? i can't seem to make it out..Please show me the error of my thinking on this, as i would like to like it..

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:D Yeah - Charles isn't the most likeable of narrators, is he, I agree with you on that! I did find him frustrating - but I think I did also find him intriguing and interesting - and that was enough to make me want to keep reading. I wanted to understand why he was like that.

 

How far have you got with the book? I don't want to give stuff away, if you haven't got that far yet. Once Charles has met up with Hartley again - and has, er, taken pretty drastic action to intervene in her situation....I was utterly hooked. I just couldn't believe what he'd done - and I had to find out how on earth the situation was going to get resolved, (or not!)

 

is R... alive or dead? i can't seem to make it out

 

Sorry for being dense, but I didn't follow this bit :o Who is it that might or might not be alive? Have I missed something? Do you mean Rosina - I can't think of any other characters that start with R, (but I'm not great with names, sometimes!)

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Last night i "finished" the book by skimming and reading the last couple of chapters...

 

when he first encounters Rosina, he thinks she is a ghost or something.. her face is painted with weird makeup.. and she is hiding behind the bead curtain in the alcove that sometimes seems to move on it's own..

 

i found James much more interesting.. and would have liked the book better if

it were about the weird stuff she throws in like the sea monster and at the end the demon chest.

 

i can't imagine a world in which someone could get away with this stuff he pulls..

 

i thought the best character was the strange food and the house..

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i am lost, as usual, where are the new book selections? and are we staying with BookCrossing Book Group? i think since we are so few, perhaps we should all agree on just one book..

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