Length: 956 pages
Setting: mid 1900s, East Coast and parts of Europe
Interest: It was a Time Top 100 book
Summary: We follow a set of characters as they interact in the party circuit in New York and then travel to Europe. The main character is a painting forger. He’s supported by Recktall Brown, who’s in it just for the money. There’s a side story of someone trying to write and tell a play, someone who forges money, and all the people who show up at the parties. In the last third, everyone goes to Europe for various reasons.
Final thoughts: A rather annoying book. I kept waiting for a plot to show up, but nothing really seemed to happen. I could only handle about 200 pages at a time before the writing style (particularly at the parties where everyone talked over each other) drove me crazy and I had to put it down for a while. I kept picking it back up, though, because I wanted to know how it ended.
Title comes from: There was a common theme of the recognition of your soul/spirit (or not) in others.
Reading challenges fulfilled: None since this was a review of a book read in a previous year.
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