Cecilia by Linda Ferri

Check out my latest review for The Front Table, of Linda Ferri’s novel Cecilia, which tells the coming-of-age and conversion story of St. Cecilia of Rome.

4 comments to Cecilia by Linda Ferri

  • I just bought this a couple of hours ago [effectively trashing noble book-ban ambitions]. Bought it on impulse, really, loved the cover, & very keen on seeing what Europa Editions has to offer [I loved The Elegance of the Hedgehog, despite the flaws I found in it]. I’ve taken a peek at your review. I realize now that I really did buy this book knowing next to nothing about it. But I’m still very much excited.

  • nicole

    Ha, well, the cover is really great. I look forward to hearing what you think of it.

  • I have a teensy problem. I’m halfway through the novel [she just got married] — I agree with you about your comments re structure: It’s not too effective — We’re stuck with Cecilia. And I’m finding Cecilia rather lackluster too. When I took a peek at your Front Table review, I honed in on the story itself, and shrugged off the problems you raised with character: I figured, “This book is expensive, I’ll make it work,” haha. Oh man.

    I’m still hoping though. Oh well.

  • Admittedly, it’s been several months now since I read it, but I still feel similar to how you do—I want to make it work for me even in retrospect so I can tell you it will work out well in the end. Then again, maybe an ending that didn’t really work for me will work for you, and that could redeem things. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.

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