My rating: 2 of 5 stars
It took me a long time to get into this book. I had several 'false starts' where I picked up the book and made it through a couple of chapters, and then put it down in favor of other books. Once I finally read it all the way, I really didn't enjoy it that much. For one thing, and this is personal taste, it is far TOO descriptive. I'm not talking just about the graphic hog butchering scene, but about most every thing. I understand that descriptive writing is generally considered a good thing, but I would have preferred to move the story along rather than getting bogged down in minute details about the scenery, the weather, etc. But I'm sure many people will consider this a plus and if so, this is a book for YOU. In addition to the slowness of the story, I was slowed down by the dialogue, but that was a minor distraction. Once I got used to Julie's speech mannerisms, I hardly noticed.
Also, I agree with the commenters who pointed out that 'The Story of a Marriage' is a bit, or a lot, misleading. This is at best a prologue to a marriage. It covers a couple of months of courtship and the first year of the marriage. And for the most part, everything is so bleak.
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