Claire Marvel - Schwartz

Claire Marvel by John Burnham Schwartz

If you are the author, please stop reading! Suffice it to say, I don't think you're a bad person or a bad writer, but I did not like this book and was not kind to it. Please turn back now.

If you're looking for an honest, if ornery, opinion about this book, I say: what a waste of time.

SPOILERS: Claire Marvel is an art student whose father is diagnosed with cancer not long after she meets Julian Rose. She goes to France and her father dies. She marries someone else. Claire has an affair with Julian. She gets pregnant, miscarries a couple times, leaves her husband and it’s believed she kills herself.

ANOTHER SPOILER: it was an accident, she was totally gonna get her act together and get back together with the nice guy.

That’s really most of what we learn about Claire in this book, named for her. But she’s a illusion chased by a butterfly catcher, when in fact it is she who should have been the narrator of this tepid tale of banality.

NOT A SPOILER: But then we could not have been shocked with the reveal that this is just the cruel hand that fate deals us! I was so angry when I finished this book.

I need to stop reading contemporary books that go for cheap thrills.

Pages: 336
Year: 2002
Publisher: Vintage

Read: 7 May 2017
Stars: 0.5 (hated it)