Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"Dive From Clausen's Peer" A Review

"To Thine Own Self Be True".

This idea is at the heart of the novel Dive From Clausen's Peer by Ann Packer. As simple as a concept as it may be to be true to oneself, the real world application of this idea can be quite complicated. In this novel, the main character, Carrie, feels herself drifting from her old life. Like many of us, she felt that a stage in her life was complete and was compelled to move on or else be trapped in a rut, stagnating in a part of her life that was long dead.

Unfortunately for Carrie, something happens that keeps pulling her back into this old life from which she is trying to break free.

I like this book because it places a complex character in a complex situation. She is likeable and real; however, like any person, she has quirks and weaknesses. To judge how she reacts to the event that is pulling her back is difficult; there are no easy answers, which makes the novel provocative and worth the read.

On my bookmark scale, I give this a 7.

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