Book - 2008 | 1st ed.
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A girl who has been brought up in near isolation is thrown into a twisted web of family secrets and religious fundamentalism when her mother dies and she goes to live with relatives she never knew she had.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375851766
Branch Call Number: MELDR
Characteristics: 410 p.


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Aug 20, 2013

Madapple is a fiction, but beyond that it's hard to put it into a genre. Part murder mystery, part psychological thriller, part treatise on religion, part botany lecture, the story centers around Aslaug, whose sanity is called into question. And yet, given her narrative voice and analytical nature, I never questioned Aslaug's sanity myself.

I was expecting something different, and so Madapple was a disappointment to me. It's not poorly written- it's lengthy in descriptions and religious information, and a bit dry in that regard, but it doesn't rely on tropes or deus ex machina to pull the story along.

However, it's slow, and each of the 'twists' I had figured out early on (I don't think I'm exceptionally smart- I think Meldrum gave us too many hints for it to be a true 'twist'). Aslaug is a unique voice, smart but naive in the ways of humans, but not a relatable or captivating one.

Overall, this was an enjoyable, though not terribly stimulating, book. I'd recommend it for fans of florid fiction, those who enjoy the study of ancient religions, and fans of psychological mysteries and religious mysteries.

Sep 27, 2011

This is rated juvenile, but an adult would have trouble reading it. An interesting plot, but the book runs too long, and bounces back and forth from the interesting Danish and botany 5 years ago, to a court case in the current time.

Dec 06, 2010

Grade 9 Up
Supposed to be okay for boys too

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