17 comments on “Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott | Book Review

  1. Oh dear. I won’t be reading this one… doesn’t sound like my cup of tea either. But your negative reviews are just as enjoyable to read as your positive ones.
    It can be puzzling sometimes why certain books are longlisted for prizes.

    • Needless to say, I wouldn’t recommend it. That said, there are quite a few positive reviews on Goodreads, so it evidently works better for some.

      You’re certainly right there! When I think of all the wonderful novels that weren’t longlisted for this year’s Women’s Prize, I can’t help but feel a little bitter about suffering through this one, lol.

      And thank you! The catharsis of writing a 1 star review was some consolation, at least! 😋

  2. This review is BRILLIANT. I really love the way you express yourself. You’re making me rethink my rating… but I will leave my rating & review as they are. This was definitely such a chore. And yes, the irony that this book felt like what Truman’s published chapters must have felt like back then is so curious, I almost wondered if the author did that on purpose, but I think not. This book did feel mean.

      • Yes, absolutely. That is what is most interesting about this prize, I think – how everyone will have a different opinion on who the winner should be and which books don’t even belong in the list. I can totally see why this was added, I think – it’s glamorous, it’s taking back the story from those women (or rather, it tries to) and it’s written in a very literary way. So I see why it’s added… but I will be surprised if it’s shortlisted.

  3. I love it! While I didn’t hate it as much as you did, it really was awful for vast stretches of the altogether too long audiobook.

  4. Pingback: Reading the Women’s Prize Longlist | Wrap Up, Wish List & Shortlist Predictions | Callum McLaughlin

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