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Friday, June 17, 2011

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

From the cover:
On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents' attention bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother's emotions in the slice.

This is a cute story and the writing is excellent. Aimee Bender gives detailed descriptions of each of the character's actions, drawing you into their world. However, I found the lack of quotation marks (absolutely none) very distracting and gave up reading after the first couple of chapters.

I'd be interested to know what others thought of the novel.

22 comments:

djskrimiblog said...

Do you mean that she does not mark the dialogue in any way? I change between quotation marks in some books and new line + dashes in others, but of course readers should be able to distinguish between what is dialogue and what is not.

BookQuoter said...

I have not seen any glowing reviews so I have passed on this one. But the plot seems original.

Joanne said...

the book began okay for me, but then fizzled a bit. The dialogue without quotations didn't bother me. I've come to the conclusion that I'm really not into magical reality or whatever this genre is. I've read plenty of Alice Hoffman, who always gets rave reviews, and ultimately I'm not thrilled. I think this author did a good job in this style, it just wasn't for me.

A Canadian Girl said...

Thanks for stopping by. This one does sound like a cute story and the cake on the cover looks really yummy but the lack of quotation marks would distract me too since I would never know who is speaking. Great review :)

K9friend said...

I've looked at this book several times, thinking it might be a good read. Perhaps I'll give it a chance.

Pat

Helen Ginger said...

I'm with you, I would find it difficult to read a book without quotation marks - unless some other signal was used. I wonder why it was done this way? Seems like there had to have been some purpose behind it.

bermudaonion said...

This book seems to have gotten mixed reviews, but I still want to read it because the premise sounds fascinating to me.

Amused said...

No quotes? That would be hard to follow some dialogue!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I liked it a lot....not perfect, but still, I was happy I read it.

Judy Croome said...

This is such a coincidence! On Saturday, I saw it on the shelves at our local bookstore (Exclusives, for those who know South Africa); on Sunday, my husband said "here's a review of a book you might like"...and it was this book. Today, I pop over to visit and here the book has popped up again! The reader gods must be sending me a message to go and buy it...although no quotation marks will bother me as well!
Judy, South Africa

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I didn't find it too hard to get through and enjoyed the story. There were some plot holes, but nothing serious. It has been a while for me, so I'd really have to look up my review, but that is what I remembered. Sorry it didn't work for you.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

no quotation marks? That would be so hard to read!

Cherry said...

I find that the story telling quality makes or breaks a sotry for me as a reader... wonder how you would rate the story telling quality of this book?

Cozy in Texas said...

Cherry, I found the no quote marks so distracting that I couldn't get into the story and gave up. I'm surprised a publisher would accept a manuscript like this.

Ann

Gigi Ann said...

I had this book on my TBR list, but removed it after reading some of the other bookie blogs, and their reviews. I have to many books waiting on my bookshelves to be read to spend money on a book that I won't enjoy reading.

Thanks for visiting my Reading Corner today.

Gigi Ann

TheBookGirl said...

I've heard such mixed things about this book. I thought that the idea seemed good, but it seems as though the execution was lacking.
I can see how no quotation marks would make it a difficult read.

Blodeuedd said...

It does sound fun and I have never heard about it before :) And the title is the best

mummazappa said...

I've read a few other books that don't use quotation marks and it didn't bother me much once I got used to it. I've been interested in reading this, I think it's something about the title, but I don't know if I'll ever get around to reading it as I've read a few meh reviews of it.

Mimi said...

Hey Ann, Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have this book in my TBR hmmm now I'm curious to read it! No quotation marks is pretty annoying -_-

Liviania said...

I loved this novel! Read it in an afternoon. Until you mentioned it, I didn't even remember there were no quotes. I was simply absorbed.

Elizabeth said...

It is interesting, but nothing spectacular.

Here is my review:

http://silversolara.blogspot.com/2010/11/particular-sadness-of-lemon-cake-by.html

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The Tote Trove said...

I just saw this book in a bookstore and thought it looked interesting. But I wasn't in the mood for something even a little bit depressing, so I passed on it. Still, I think I'd like to give it a read eventually, especially since you say it's cute and the writing excellent. The lack of quotations will probably annoy me at first, but hopefully I can get through it.