Dead End Gene Pool

Thoughts   Dead End Gene Pool by Wendy Burden ARC Gotham Books 2010, 279 pages

MOTIVATION for READING:    I have always been fascinated by the Vanderbilts;   Wendy Burden is a descendant of the Commodore.      Lisa at Books on the Brain was having an online discussion with the author last week, so I signed up.   Thanks Lisa!      I loved the cover, too.   I love those big mansions…

However, I was pulled in too many directions and was unable to finish the book.   OK, let’s be honest, I got about 100 pages in and at one scene during her childhood, I shook my head in sadness and decided to pick up another book instead.     Later, I attempted to skim and jump to the end and THEN, started reading reviews and…     I decided I could go no further;  thus this makes my second DNF of the year.

Not that I hated it!   I felt sorry and sad and rather detached.     Despite my two slice pie rating, I do understand that others might really enjoy Burden’s humor, her way with words and be fascinated by a childhood so extremely different than most.

May I recommend another book about the Vanderbilts?   Before blogging, I read Fortune’s Children:  the Fall of the House of Vanderbilt  by Alfred T. Vanderbilt and enjoyed it very much.


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10 thoughts on “Dead End Gene Pool

  1. I’m still trying to get through this one myself. I love the author’s sense of humor but her childhood is so tragic that in places the humor is just more than I can take. I want to be so sad but then she’s funny and it leaves me feeling strange about the whole experience. I’m going to finish it, digest it, and then see what I think.

  2. This one kind of sucks you in with the premise that you’re going to learn something about the Vanderbilt family. But you don’t; what you learn about is how highly dysfunctional one really wealthy family was and how two children survived it. I kind of liked her humor–it was what helped me get through it.

  3. I’m with you, Care, and I guess pretty much everybody here. The dark humor covered up so much pain that it was almost uncomfortable to read it, and a little repetitive after a while, and I learned very little about the famous family. Didn’t love.

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