2008: 72. Nights of Rain and Stars

“Andreas thought he saw the fire down in the bay before anyone else did.  He peered and shook his head in disbelief.”

Nights of Rain and Stars, Maeve Binchy

This is a pretty soppy book that I picked up in the free book shelf at work.  I was going to say trashy, but that is unfair.  As a beach book this seems not too bad, but I read some Binchy a long time ago (the one that they made into a Chris O’Donnell movie, Circle of Friends) and it seemed a lot more complex than this book.  This had so little substance it could float away - even the print was bigger than most books!  But, as fluffy books go it isn’t too bad - it concerns four European tourists who all witness a terrible accident in a small Greek town.  Their lives become intertwined, yaddi yadda, and in the end they all learn to better understand themselves and find greater happiness.  Look, it isn’t Proust - it isn’t even vintage Maeve Binchy, at least based on my recollection (I might have read two of hers, back in the day when I read all the cheap paperbacks at my grandmother’s house), but it is inoffensive, and if you were in an airport in say, Kansas, and this one one of the few choices in the airport bookstore, then you could do worse.  I mean, its better than Danielle Steele or V.C. Andrews.  It’s very, very light, but it won’t make you feel gross for reading it.

Date/Place Completed: 5/1/08, D.C.

Categories: Fiction

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