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.