The Canterbury Sisters

The Canterbury Sisters

Book - 2015
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Che Milan's life is falling apart. Not only has her longtime lover abruptly dumped her, but her eccentric, demanding mother has recently died. When an urn of ashes arrives, along with a note reminding Che of a half-forgotten promise to take her mother to Canterbury, Che finds herself reluctantly undertaking a pilgrimage. Within days she joins a group of women who are walking the sixty miles from London to the shrine of Becket in Canterbury Cathedral.
Publisher: New York, NY : Gallery Books, [2015]
Edition: First Gallery Books trade paperback editon
ISBN: 9781501100765
Branch Call Number: Fiction Wri
Characteristics: 316 pages ; 21 cm


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Oct 21, 2015

Right from the start, there was something that irritated me about this story. I found the tone rather glib and superficial, and although I did finish the book, I never did come to like or sympathize with the main character, who I thought came across as very self-centred, judgmental and narcissistic. I did like the concept of the story - the pilgrimmage, although it wasn't particularly well fleshed out, and I never got any sense of the landscape the "pilgrims" were passing through. I did not find the characters to be well developed, especially the main character, who seemed to carrying on an extended pity party, even though she managed to always have everything be about her, while the other characters not only faded into the background, but were deemed to be too flawed for our main gal. Perhaps if the story had more depth and been more believable I would have found it more palatable.

In short, it is an ok read as long as you keep your expectations low.

Aug 20, 2015

outstanding chronicling of a modern pilgrimage - just the right dose of Chaucer background and character background. Well done!


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