National Velvet

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I finished reading National Velvet by Enid Bagnold during the week.

Omigosh what a terrible book.

Yeah.

I bought this book a long long long time ago, with a book voucher I'd won somewhere.  I bought Superman III the same day.  I can't remember if I ever read National Velvet when I was younger.  I started reading it just after Elizabeth Taylor died earlier this year.  I was reading it before bed but it was so painful to read that I stopped reading it, in preference to playing games on my phone.  I only finished it by making it bus reading material.

The whole first half of the book it's pretty much just her family life, but it's written in the really odd style that chops and changes scenes and assumes you already know what the heck is going on.  It makes really obscure references to things and several times I was rereading several pages at a time to figure out if I'd just missed something (or even Googling!!).  Painful painful.  There's no detail in the training of the horse whatsoever, just a sentence or two to say that it was happening.  And then the race.. told from the point of view of someone who never actually saw any of the race!!  Biggest waste of time ever.  

Verdict: don't bother. I'll be donating this book to Lifeline or something.

2 Comments

Missy said:

I've never read the book. Is it similar to the movie or did the movie improve the story a lot? Curious.

October 22, 2011 4:54 PM

   

Kazza the Blank One said:

I don't really remember the movie much. According to wikipedia there's a few differences...

October 23, 2011 8:07 PM

   

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