I am someone who will typically finish reading a book this length in 2-4 days, depending on how interested I am in the plot. It took me the entire 3 weeks of my library borrowing period to force myself to get through this one. It's not that it's badly written, as much as I just did not care about the characters, at all, nor did I find the story itself compelling. I'd give it a great big 'skip it'.
Bizarre. Quit half way through.
Might be burnable.
Don't recommend it to a friend.
Drugs, prostitution, abusive relationships and someone's strong will to get out of that nightmare.This is Heather O'Neill's second book based on these topics. I have no idea how she's able to be so descriptive and precise in providing all those amusing details pertaining to those very, very sad matters. But she's quite amazing in doing that. Her writing style is exquisite and full of light erotica. I did skip a part in the middle of the book where two characters were trying to find each other - it was a bit longer than it should be, and I also found the end a bit messy - to organize a circus to transport drugs and then to dissolve it? If you're okay to do some mental work while reading a book, give it a try. Ms. O'Neill's books are quite unusual. You'll remember them.
I loved this book and have just finished Lullabies for Little Criminals. I find her writing style almost lyrical and enjoyed both books immensely. I have never read anything like The Lonely Hearts Hotel, and I believe it will be at the top of my list of favourites for a very long time to come. Cannot recommend this book highly enough. 5 stars from me!
I quit when I was three quarters of the way through the book. I just never cared what happened to the two protagonists and there didn't seem to be any plot development. If you haven't read a book by this woman, read 'Lullabies for Little Criminals' instead.
Quite imaginative, the characters as well as the story.Two little orphans growing up and apart yet always intertwined. The book is quirky, sad, creative, and naughty. Great read.
Set in depression-era Montreal, this deeply dark and disturbing fairly tale is woven with unforgettable characters and richly graphic metaphors. Incredibly well written, but definitely not for the faint of heart.
If you loved the setting of Water for Elephants, and you're looking for another high-drama read, this may be the book for you. O'Neill's prose is more stylized, which some may love and some may not. If you can work with her prose style, the setting is rich, the story is top notch and the ending is unreal. Highly recommended.
No one writes like Heather O'Neill- her descriptions are unexpected, strange, and magical. I loved every last moment of this completely bonkers novel. It's just endlessly inventive and joyful, even when it's sad.
It started out strong for me. Quirky kids in depressing circumstances and then thriving in unexpected ways in spite of them. It lulled in the middle as the inevitability of certain things happened but once they did is when things got interesting again. I was really taken with the direction that Rose's character took considering it may be easier to do something with Pierrot. Once again O'Neill's way with words is spot on though.
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