Reading dates: 26 – 30 September 2013
What a lovely book this is! I devoured it with enjoyment. I don’t remember reading more energetic prose than Maria Semple’s. The story is wonderfully woven and the satire of American upper middle class is spot on. I never thought I would like a book like this but its writing and its rhythm lifted me up, made it compulsory to read, pleasurable, also thoughtful. This is not poetic writing, but she does not set to do that. I think what I like most about the book is that it fulfils the promises it makes and delivers something extra in the form of lovely twists and settings. I did like Antarctica and I did learn something about it. It is such a satisfying read. The only reason why it does not get the full 5* is due to the fact that I am not sure how it would fare re-reading — my criteria for the top marks. I may need to try in a few months and review my rating. I very much wish to forget all about its details, or misremember, so I can encounter it anew.