You've hit on it exactly!
Ha ha. I do remember you mentioning how much you liked it before. Maybe you should write a counter review!
I do agree that it is very understated and a sweet, smart story. In fact, I'm pretty sure I did give a little contented sigh as I closed the book. I think the problem is that it didn't have a lot of staying power and I am more in favor of books that stay with me long after I finish the story.
If it makes you feel any better, I'm not a huge fan of her writing in general. It is, as you say, excellent, but the style is just not exactly my cup of tea.
If you're into doing the research than I'm almost positive you'll like this one. As a novel read it's not the best but the historical element is undeniably cool!
Oh, good! I hope you enjoy it!
Ha ha thanks. It's only been several months in the making (:
Ha ha oops, fixed that (:
Ha ha good point! Good luck when you do get to it!
Yeah, it's hard to commit to something so substantial not knowing if your particular intense reaction will be hating it (: Maybe try another of her books first? The Fountainhead has a lot of similar themes and is MUCH shorter!
Yes, I was not a fan of the ending at all either (I'm specifically thinking of Eddie Willers) and the philosophy Rand has that tries to make that okay is total crap.
I did think it was worth the read, but I'm totally with you that some of the prose was hard to get through. In fact, some of the descriptions of novels that don't say anything that are talked about in Mrs. Reardon's parties seem to fit really well, don't you think (: