Charmed Life / Lives of Christopher Chant

Mary Ann Dimand amaebi at iwon.com
Sun Jun 18 19:31:42 EDT 2000


I read Charmed Life first-- it was my second Jones, and the one which really
interested me in her-- and this of course affects my views.

One of the things I like about many Jones novels is that they are
essentially mysteries. I reread Charmed Life and Archer's Goon immediately,
for instance, to enjoy the unfolding of the heart of the mystery
consciously. I'm not at all sure one would lose this in Charmed Life if one
read it second, but I don't think the mystery detracts from the novel. On
the contrary.

On the other hand, Lives of Christopher Chant was disappointing for me, and
I don't know whether this was related to reading it second. I liked so much
of the detail. I enjoyed the naughty uncle. And I delighted in learning
Milly/ie's origin. And yet as a whole, the novel smelt to me of lamp. This
might be a result of reading it second, in which case it's rather a shame.

Mary Ann

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