Guys, I can’t believe we have already reached the end of November. I’m seriously at a loss for where all the time went. Did ya’ll get the book finished? I didn’t finish it in time for my library not to take back my digital download, but I did finish it ya’ll. I finished it, and I’m going to tell you exactly how I felt about it. I’m going to try to keep the spoilers away though so let’s get right down into this month’s book club selection, Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff.
At its core this is a book about a marriage, but it’s not exactly a marriage between two people. There are a lot of wheels at play throughout the entire book that you don’t always quite understand. You get two very different pictures of this marriage though as you go from Part I into Part II, and I feel like Part II was a far more compelling and well written story. The truth is that I was often bored with Part I. I didn’t understand where the story was going and all-in-all it was a story of a husband who felt his wife was a saint and was imperfect. We all know that this is just never true as no one is perfect.
This is the story of a man whose entire life with one of four women pulling the strings. His mother, aunt, wife, and sister all play important roles in how his life plays out, but he is always oblivious. It’s actually as if he is a complete doofus who doesn’t see any of the strings being pulled until much later or not at all. The book talks about this beautiful man as if he’s a small child at times, and I find that unfortunate.
All in all I’d give this book about 3 stars. Part II of the story when you learn about all the instances where Lotto was a dolt should have been longer. Part I could have been shorter since his version of events wasn’t that compelling. I really had difficulty pushing through Part I of this novel. You’ll remember I was super excited to start this one, but I finish it out super disappointed. You’ll have to tell me how you felt about it.
Did you like Mathilde? Were you surprised by Lotto’s misinterpretations of events?