Misconception

hundred year house, rebecca makkaiThe Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai is a novel told in reverse. Makkai begins with a cast of characters living in 1999 on a North Shore estate in Lake Forest, IL, which had formerly been an artist community. The story then reverts to previous inhabitants of the house in 1955. The third shift brings the reader to artists living in the estate in 1929. The novel ends with a prologue dated 1900.

I had a very difficult time reading this book. None of the characters were interesting, in fact, they were very confusing, as several were living under assumed names. I struggled through the book solely with hopes of it making sense in the end. I’m sorry to say, for me, it didn’t.

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About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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2 Responses to Misconception

  1. Thanks for posting an honest review. (-:

  2. alison41 says:

    You can’t win them all.

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