REVIEW: Lark and Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips

Lark and Termite by Jayne Anne PhillipsLark and Termite
By Jayne Anne Phillips
Completed November 4, 2010

Allow me to start this review with a confession. I didn’t finish Lark and Termite. I tried to, but after reaching the half-way point, I decided to skim my way to the end. Unfortunately, and despite high hopes, I just could not get into this book. After reading other book reviews, I am glad to know I wasn’t the only one.

Lark and Termite is full of beautiful language and prose. I could never say that Jayne Anne Phillips can’t write, because she can, but I think what was missing from this book was the story. For me, it takes more than lyrical language to tell a story – you need something to say, not just the words to¬†utter.

There was promise with the characters – Lark, a teenage girl who took care of her handicapped younger brother, Termite. Some of the chapters were told by them , but even their perspectives couldn’t help me feel invested in these characters. Nor did I feel much for young Bobby McLeavitt, who was fighting in Korea. I thought I would get wrapped up into their tales, but Phillips just didn’t evoke any connection from me for her characters.

So, after skimming to the end, I am officially done with Lark and Termite – and ready to move on to other stories. ( )

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