10 August 2018

Melmouth; Sarah Perry

MelmothMelmoth by Sarah Perry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Why has Helen Franklin hidden herself away in Prague, living an aescetic life that deprives her of all pleasure? The answer to that comes late in the book, which is mostly concerned with Helen's friend Karel's discovery of a letter and series of documents about Melmoth the Witness (the woman who denied seeing the risen Jesus and is thus condemned to wander the world witnessing similar shame and loneliness). That discovery - along with Helen's reaction to the reading of those documents, Karel's leving his stroke-victim wife, and the widening of Helen's world - are at turns fascinating and a drag on the books pacing.

ARC provided by publisher.

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