The Book Mark

Books that make the grade.

Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough


Well my first read of the New Year did not please me. Bittersweet (C ) by Colleen McCullough greatly disappointed me. Written by the author of The Thorn Birds, I thought that this saga would have been as wonderful but it was lack luster, rather boring and only picked up at the end.

Basically, it is a story about how powerful the relationships among sisters is especially when they are twins. The main characters are twin sisters born from different mothers about a year apart. They each have distinct personalities and peculiarities. There are many similarities as well. Part of what bogged this book down was the time McCullough took to develop each character. There seemed to be endless details—less would have been better than more.

The author also strived to reveal the political fabric of Australia before and during the Great Depression. This, too, I felt was delivered to the extreme. In fact, in order to get through the novel I skimmed over much of it.

Sadly, I thought the best part of the book was the ending. I appreciated the turn of events and was satisfied that some justice had been served. This is our January book club choice so perhaps after our discussion I will feel differently but for right now I wish I had spent time reading something else.


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