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I was excited to read a story that centered around writing loss and a woman who mirrored my age My excitement dwindled and a woman who mirrored my age My excitement dwindled each chapter that felt laborious to read than it should have Maybe because it felt too flat for me for too long in the beginning The main character annoyed me which discouraged me to keep reading who wants to spend time with someone that annoys ou Redeeming ualities I enjoyed how the author plays on the themes of thinking we know everything about our parents but there is a world that our parents may not let us into or that we may not care to know great concept the first sentence of the official concept The first sentence of the official states in this delightful debut um there was nothing delightful about this book for me Nothing at all Never connected to ANY of the characters never felt emotionally vested really kept reading it to just see if there was a glimmer somewhere of delight Not for this imperfect reader I liked the exploration of howchildren never know their parents as well as they think they dotwo generations remember and understand past events in distinct waysreading someone s works or even margin notes can reveal about them than they may have chosen to reveal otherwiseit s hard to outgrow roles assigned by other people no matter what the age it is rarely possible to have a perfect reader for one s work and possibly that perfect reader needs some emotional distance from the author I didn t like the main character much of the time and although she changed some would have liked to see growth Perhaps in her grief she was not Eisenhower portrait of the hero yet ready to leap into her future but at least the ending is hopefulOthers have said that PERFECT READER is apt in its description of small college academia I can t speak to that but these pages didn t make me want to try living on a small campus The idea of a professor his daughter poetry invited me into the novel Unfortunately the novel devolved into a view of a female 20 something s angst expressed via the F word far too freuently No offense to 20 somethings but life is too short to read novels about characters whose vocabulary is as bereft of energy creativity and wisdom as the characters themselves I wonder sometimes if authors feel the need to limit a female character s vocabulary to four letter words to ensure that the readers understand that their character is no Jane Eyre Well neither was the novel I wavered between a 25 and 3 but I am going to giveou a few examples of writing that impressed me at the end of this review which prohibited me from giving it a 2 First the book is difficult to get into but the writing and some of the charactersat least mature by the end of the bookMy favorite characterthe dad unfortunately dies before the first page of the book I would have liked to get to know him better and understand how he could deal with all of the other IDIOTS in his lifeThe other characters are truly caricatures of what they should beone dimensional with a glaring flaw that is all they are to make a point Flora the antagonist a 2o something who never matured past 9 ears old the age of her parent s divorce her mother a self centeredunhappily married womanFollowing are a few snippets that made time spent with the Perfect Reader worthwhileOne of the stragenesses of the Flora Dempsey is the headstrong only child of Lewis Dempsey a college professor and world famous critic When Lewis passes away Flora returns to her New England hometown to act as his literary executor There she finds herself responsible for a manuscript that he was secretly writi.
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OwnIt was defined hourglass likeby what passes through itp157 often than notour views ripen and soften with ageAnd they should soften Youth looks soft but is hard really than notour views ripen and soften with ageAnd they should soften Youth looks soft but is hard really Every reader has to discover the writers who move him or her most and in those discoveries we make those writers new againto see or know a book as all others failed to see beforewas that the burden readers faced beyond the world of printno one uite measured up p161 She is uite wicked in her attacks on small college towns and the loftiness of academia would be interesting to hear what someone from that fieldlife thinks of the book Flora returns to the small college town of Darwin after the sudden death of her father the college s former president and a renowned academic Finding that she s her father s literary executor poses the problem of what to do with the poems he gave her before he died poems she hasn t even readPerfect Reader is d but literary fiction and it s a promising beginning to Maggie Pouncey s career It s a thoughtful slow revealing of layers of the past both Flora s childhood and her father s recent past about aspects of which Flora realizes she knew nothingFlora needs to confront her past in order to on with her present knew nothingFlora needs to confront her past in order to move on her present has been going nowhere It s a familiar story arc in many ways right down to the inevitable love affair which moves Flora onwards but doesn t really come to anything in itself But it s well written and nicely structured and will appeal to fans of books that don t rush from one incident to another but linger over a place a time a moodI enjoyed reading this novel and will look out for from this author I really wanted to like this book than I ultimately did The writing was intelligent and nuanced and the storyline centered as it was around books and reading was a strong draw Unfortunately I found a lot of promise that was never really fulfilled making for a frustrating read in the end I never felt emotionally invested in the characters or their lives for a book with so few personalities none of them were particularly well developed except for Flora and I found her hard to like The glimpses of Flora s childhood were the most emotionally compelling portion of the narrative and came too infreuently for my tasteIn the end I found myself unable to make a connection to these characters Though the writing was strong the sense of detachment made it possible to walk away from the book without a ualm to do chores or run errands When I came to the end I was neither glad to be done nor sad to be finished I didn t have a viceral enough reaction to the book to care one way or the other Maybe a Perfect Reader but certainly not a perfect read And I did have misgivings about trying this book due to a number of discouraging reviews but there was a very strange case of d j vu whenever I read the description and though I was sure I haven t read the book I review every single one for the record the only way to get to the bottom of this d j vu was really just to read this book and so I did And so eahnow I understand the lukewarmness of reviews but to be fair this is not at all a terrible book and there are enjoyable things about it Mainly the writing the writing is lovely very literary clever elegant In a way it. Ng at the end of his life love poems to a girlfriend Flora didn't know he had As Flora is besieged by well wishers and literary vultures alike she tries to figure out how to navigate it all the fate of the poems the girlfriend who wants a place in her life the wounds left by her. Overwhelms the book but only because the plot itself AND THE CHARACTERS WITHIN IT AREN T SUBSTANTIAL ENOUGH the characters within it aren t substantial enough support all this gorgeous pr Reading is an act of faith an act of intimacy and an act of understanding A perfect reader could be said to be one with the author at least in terms of what was written and what what read Both author and reader see the exact same thingIt s a lofty concept Perhaps an unattainable one Perfect Reader addresses this idea
a very way When Flora Dempsey s father dies he leaves her a generous inheritance coupled with a daunting responsibility He is the former President of a school and a famous literary critic and expert in his own right and Flora is named as the literary executor for her father s work including a collection of unpublished poems entrusted to her months before his death She gets to decide when how and even if the poems ever see publication You re my perfect reader he told her when he gave them to her And now she has to figure out whyWhat follows is an intimate portrait of a life broken as so many lives are broken by divorce by age by distance Flora has seen only parts of her father s life and now she learns about him than she ever knew More perhaps than she wanted to know She abandons her old life and re enters his where he left it discovering about him through his words and herself in her reaction to them Her eventual decision is as much about what to do with her own life as it is what to do with her father s legacy Perfect Reader is not action packed or thrilling or titillating It s not a book to stay up all night for or devour in a greedy gulp Sometimes it s slow and not very exciting But it s ain a very
sharp observant smart sometimes funny and occasionally heartbreaking look at loss and understanding and the power wordsobservant smart sometimes funny and occasionally heartbreaking look at loss and understanding and the power words in our lives The words people leave for us in books in poems in letters these words are gifts of understanding This novel is a gift of its own with living breathing characters and ideas that linger It is a book to be savoredPerhaps a perfect reader is simply one who opens their heart to understanding Perhaps a perfect reading means only that the author and the reader can for a brief moment understand one another through the words In some sense that s how I felt reading this novel I felt like I understood Flora and strangely I felt like she might have understood me I can rarely resist the phrase delightful debut we shall seeWell I didn t see a lot of delight uite decently written and there are some good ideas to think about how well do we know our parents how well do we remember let alone understand the past and how does that compare with how other people remember it the conflicts of town and gown and I admit but the bottom line was I didn t really like anybody in this book especially not the main character Flora but I didn t really dislike anybody either I just did not feel any connection with anyone Perhaps this was something the author wanted a manifestation of Flora s grief and confusion I couldn t figure out what caused Flora to change merely the passage of time a conversation Couldn t much care I finished it so there was apparently something compelling about it but it left me feeling fairly flat and remarkably un delighted. Parents’ divorce and her uncertain future Brimming with energy humor and the elbow patchy wisdom of Flora’s still vivid father this enchanting debut is the uplifting story of a oung woman striving to become the “perfect reader” of her father’s life as well as her ow.