Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

The Particular Sadness of Lemon CakeThe Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was so hard to rate. It's really more like a four, but loses points because it has the F-bomb a few times. Which breaks my heart because now I can't go and tell EVERYONE I know that they MUST read this book. The F-word is a big deal to me. But that's all I'll say about that.

Aside from the above complaint, this book is BEAUTIFUL! Bender is just an artist. Everything about this story was carefully crafted, and she makes it seem so effortless. It is thought provoking, but still easy to read. It focuses on some paranormal or super natural elements, but the story is really about relationships and how we relate to the ones we know far too well.

I'm not sure I can start another book right away. This is going to haunt me for some time before I can truly put it aside and move on to something else.

So if you don't mind the occasional profane expression, pick it up. Today.
If you are very sensitive to profanity, like I am, I sadly steer you clear of this otherwise delightful read.

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Me said...

I just won this book on another book blog...can't wait to read it! Thanks for sharing it with us al here!

Hamilcar Barca said...

good point about the F-word. i recognize it has a purpose in movies, so that they don't get a wimpy "G" rating. and 50 years ago, it served a purpose in literature - to shock straight-laced readers into new thought patterns. but nowadays, it just grates my nerves.

same thing applies for the N-word.

Amanda said...

You know, I didn't even notice the swearing when I read this (or technically listened to the audio version), but the whole chair legs thing was so far out in left field that it sort of ruined the whole book for me. I really wanted to like it and I have friends who adore it, but it was just meh for me.

Julie said...

Thanks, as always, for another wonderful review! You've been doing a great job this year so far with your reading!