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The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien
Published by: Little, Brown & Company (March 29, 2016)
Genre: Fiction / Historical Fiction / Adult Fiction
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I have always read great reviews and heard laudatory praises for Edna O’Brien’s books and writing. Obviously, I picked up one to read, her latest The Little Red Chairs. In hindsight, I believe I should have picked up a previously published book instead.
The Little Red Chairs left me feeling depressed, bereft, faux violated, diminished, forgotten, abandoned, and assaulted in every possible way imaginable.
O’Brien seems to want us to see the atrocities done to the Bosnian people in and around Sarajevo. Her development of certain characters and scenes have the edge of a “feel good” sense when in fact the elements of hate and genocide are all around.
The book was, for me, difficult to read. It read more like a first draft than a final manuscript. The choppiness of transitions and long narratives left me wanting to escape, likely much as the Bosnians wanted a change to escape. If that was O’Brien’s intent, she succeeded here.
If I were to say more about the book, it would likely include spoilers. I do not feel writing a review with spoilers is fair. If you wish to read other readers’ opinions, visit the book’s listing on Goodreads
. Here you’ll find a range of opinions.