Penelope Fitzgerald, Innocence

I think I’m just going to have to give up and admit that I don’t like Penelope Fitzgerald all that much. She’s definitely got a wonderful way with words, but none of her novels actually seem to go anywhere and I’m afraid I am philistine enough to like plots to be wrapped up at some point! Innocence is better than the other Fitzgerald novels that I’ve read in this regard, and the setting (Florence in the 1950s) is well-done and there are many marvelously funny set-pieces, but ultimately, as with the other Fitzgerald novels I’ve read, I was left wanting something more!

(Read from February 2-3, 2010)



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