I have to agree with Barrack Obama. This is a great book. Lauren Groff's writing just is gorgeous, a beautifully flowing style, sometimes staccato, sometimes a bull's eye of descriptions.
I can see why some wouldn't like this book. First, it's written in two chapters, one from the husband's point of view, and the second from the wife's. I happen to love character rich prose that makes me feel that I know the characters. I don't need a lot of action in a book to enjoy it. And I think that is where some would decide it's "boring".
The book is a life long story of a couple, Lotto and Mathilde. First, those names are just a little too....precious. I do wonder about the symbolism of his name. The two meet in Vassar and marry quickly, after two weeks. From Lotto's point of view, things are lovely, and he does great things. He becomes a fledging actor, a playwright and becomes pretty famous.
Where things become interesting, is from the wife's point of view. You learn about her background and the reader sees the marriage from a different angle.
There are lots of twists, but essentially the book is an exquisitely written character study. Five stars, but it's not for everyone.
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