Even though I love Anne Michaels’ writing with a passion, and I’ll read anything she writes for the sheer lyric quality of her language, and her book Fugitive Pieces has stayed at the top of my “most favorite books ever read” list for many many years, I was disappointed by The Winter Vault. Michaels’ language does not disappoint – it never does – she is a master of her craft and almost any sentence in the novel is breathtaking, but the story simply did not grasp me and pull me in the way Fugitive Pieces did and that I truly regret. I found the book hard to get through and a bit slow, confusing, disjointed – and yet I still loved it for its elegant sentences and really poignant themes and scenes. But if you want to get to know Anne Michaels’s work don’t start with this book, read Fugitive Pieces first!
February 18, 2011 · 5:55 am