Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Review: "The Truth About Love" by Josephine Hart
The Truth About Love fell short of my expectations for me. I could certainly figure out the author's intentions- to both explore how painful deep love can be and to also provide a short history of Ireland, but I felt because these two differing goals were combined it didn't succeed in either respect for me. I can't imagine losing one of my own children, however I failed to feel the pain of Sissy and Olivia suffering the loss of their son and brother. I felt that the descriptions of their love were too clinical and although some may disagree with me, I just felt distant from their pain throughout. I also felt that the history of Ireland and their many battles and wars was unnecessary to this book's plot. I personally picked up the book interested in how these three very different characters reacted to this singular loss and found the chapters on the history of wars uninteresting. I found myself pushing through those chapters in order to just "get through" them.
At the end, I was just disappointed and found the book lacking in those characteristics which I enjoy in fiction. I want to point out, though, that Josephine Hart is a very talented writer, and it isn't that I didn't enjoy her writing, it just ended up not being the book for me. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good war-related, historical read, as well as to anyone who enjoys a novel with an intricate plot that is not necessarily character-driven.
Thank-you to HarperCollins Canada for this review copy! Browse inside this book here or find out more about the author here.