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Book Title: The Chimney Sweeper's Boy|
ISBN 13: 9780671034290
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Reader ratings: 3.4
The author of the book: Barbara Vine
Edition: Pocket Books
Date of issue: June 1st 1999
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The surprise ending, or what Vine seems to have intended to be a surprise ending, is patently obvious even from glancing over the summary on the dust jacket. And, geez, will you ever have a trip in front of you if you decide to take the long road to getting there. This book plodded on and on and on.
Vine's prose offers no whimsy or originality; it's pretty much four hundred pages of simple declarative sentences. There is very little dialogue, and what little of it exists is scripted entirely by the plot and subplot, and totally forgettable. The build-up to the ending is a chore, and the 'dramatic reveal' comes about all at once in the last few pages, with little warning and no denouement to speak of. You could effectively read the last five pages and then throw this book aside, and you would have missed very little in so doing.
Although, I did like Ursula, I can't for the life of me understand why she hung around with this bore and jerk of a husband for more than a year or two. The two daughters were boring as well as being a couple of daddy-girl brats who treated their long suffering mother with disdain. Since Ursula was the only likable character in the book, that was just icky.
To put it bluntly, this is a mystery without mystery, a thriller without thrills.
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Read information about the authorPseudonym of Ruth Rendell.
Rendell created a third strand of writing with the publication of A Dark Adapted Eye under her pseudonym Barbara Vine in 1986. Books such as King Solomon's Carpet, A Fatal Inversion and Anna's Book (original UK title Asta's Book) inhabit the same territory as her psychological crime novels while they further develop themes of family misunderstandings and the side effects of secrets kept and crimes done. Rendell is famous for her elegant prose and sharp insights into the human mind, as well as her ability to create cogent plots and characters. Rendell has also injected the social changes of the last 40 years into her work, bringing awareness to such issues as domestic violence and the change in the status of women.
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